El Matador State Beach

Malibu, California
Managed by LA Waterkeeper

This is one of the small pocket beaches that comprise the “Robert Meyer Memorial State Beach”. Featuring sea caves and large rocks, it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Malibu. You can often find models posing for photo shoots. Body boarders and body surfers are present year round because the beach picks up both the summer and winter swells. Not an ideal beach for swimming due to the many scattered rocks in the water. A small self-pay parking lot is accessed from PCH and portable restrooms are located at the top of the steep, narrow trail that leads down to the beach. If you struggle with stairs or hiking, you may find the trail challenging. It is not handicapped accessible or family friendly.

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . LA Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
19°C
Clear and sunny
MONITORING FREQUENCY

El Matador State Beach is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

Beach water is tested either once a week or 5 days a week by the City of Los Angeles Environmental Monitoring Division (EMD), County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services (LACDHS), and Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (LACSD). Freshwater swimming holes, falls and creeks are tested by Council for Watershed Health (CWH) approximately once a week in the summer.

Sample results are emailed from EMD and CWH to LA Waterkeeper, who updates the swim status and information in Swim Guide.

In California, maximum levels for bacteria are established for recreational open beach waters. Single sample maximum levels are 104 Enterococcus /100 ml; and 400 fecal coliform/100 ml; and 10,000 total coliform /100 ml. In waters designated for contact recreation, the median fecal coliform density based on the five most recent samples for any 30-day period shall not exceed 200/100 ml, Fecal and Enterococci density shall not exceed 35/100 ml. Monitoring frequency varies across jurisdictions, most popular beaches are often monitored 5 days a week.

In Los Angeles County bacteriological objectives for freshwater recreation are based on e.coli density. The 30 day geometric mean e.coli density shall not exceed 126/100ml and a single sample limit not to exceed 235/100ml.

Swimmers are advised not to swim within 100 feet of a flowing storm drain. Swimmers are also advised to stay out of the water for 72 hours following a rain event in the area.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

El Matador State Beach

Malibu, California
Managed by LA Waterkeeper

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . LA Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
19°C
Clear and sunny

This is one of the small pocket beaches that comprise the “Robert Meyer Memorial State Beach”. Featuring sea caves and large rocks, it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Malibu. You can often find models posing for photo shoots. Body boarders and body surfers are present year round because the beach picks up both the summer and winter swells. Not an ideal beach for swimming due to the many scattered rocks in the water. A small self-pay parking lot is accessed from PCH and portable restrooms are located at the top of the steep, narrow trail that leads down to the beach. If you struggle with stairs or hiking, you may find the trail challenging. It is not handicapped accessible or family friendly.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

El Matador State Beach is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

Beach water is tested either once a week or 5 days a week by the City of Los Angeles Environmental Monitoring Division (EMD), County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services (LACDHS), and Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (LACSD). Freshwater swimming holes, falls and creeks are tested by Council for Watershed Health (CWH) approximately once a week in the summer.

Sample results are emailed from EMD and CWH to LA Waterkeeper, who updates the swim status and information in Swim Guide.

In California, maximum levels for bacteria are established for recreational open beach waters. Single sample maximum levels are 104 Enterococcus /100 ml; and 400 fecal coliform/100 ml; and 10,000 total coliform /100 ml. In waters designated for contact recreation, the median fecal coliform density based on the five most recent samples for any 30-day period shall not exceed 200/100 ml, Fecal and Enterococci density shall not exceed 35/100 ml. Monitoring frequency varies across jurisdictions, most popular beaches are often monitored 5 days a week.

In Los Angeles County bacteriological objectives for freshwater recreation are based on e.coli density. The 30 day geometric mean e.coli density shall not exceed 126/100ml and a single sample limit not to exceed 235/100ml.

Swimmers are advised not to swim within 100 feet of a flowing storm drain. Swimmers are also advised to stay out of the water for 72 hours following a rain event in the area.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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