Trancas Creek at Broad Beach

Malibu, California
Managed by LA Waterkeeper

Trancas Creek is located between Broad Beach and Zuma Beach along Pacific Coast Highway. You can access the beach where Trancas Creek meets the ocean at the west end of Zuma Beach or you can walk east from the Broad Beach entrance at 31138 Broad Beach Road and walking down the beach towards Trancas Creek. North from Trancas Creek and Zuma Beach is Broad Beach, however access is limited and rip-rap has replaced most of the beach sand. Some of the most expensive real estate in Malibu, Broad Beach is boasted as the beach of the “rich and famous”. Two access gates are located in between houses and are difficult to see. They are at 31340-31346 and 31138-31202 Broad Beach Road. Access from 31340 is popular with scuba divers, snorkelers, surfers, body boarders, and tide poolers. There are some large rocks in the surf zone, a rocky reef about 200 yards from shore, some kelp, and a tide pool area at the point. Access from 31138 is popular with swimmers, body boarders, and sun seekers. The beach along this area is wide open with lots of sand. Although the beach is a mile long, it can disappear at high tide.

WATER QUALITY
  • Failed to meet water quality standards
  • 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
16°C
A few clouds
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Trancas Creek at Broad Beach is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st

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

Trancas Creek at Broad Beach

Malibu, California
Managed by LA Waterkeeper

WATER QUALITY
  • Failed to meet water quality standards
  • 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
16°C
A few clouds

Trancas Creek is located between Broad Beach and Zuma Beach along Pacific Coast Highway. You can access the beach where Trancas Creek meets the ocean at the west end of Zuma Beach or you can walk east from the Broad Beach entrance at 31138 Broad Beach Road and walking down the beach towards Trancas Creek. North from Trancas Creek and Zuma Beach is Broad Beach, however access is limited and rip-rap has replaced most of the beach sand. Some of the most expensive real estate in Malibu, Broad Beach is boasted as the beach of the “rich and famous”. Two access gates are located in between houses and are difficult to see. They are at 31340-31346 and 31138-31202 Broad Beach Road. Access from 31340 is popular with scuba divers, snorkelers, surfers, body boarders, and tide poolers. There are some large rocks in the surf zone, a rocky reef about 200 yards from shore, some kelp, and a tide pool area at the point. Access from 31138 is popular with swimmers, body boarders, and sun seekers. The beach along this area is wide open with lots of sand. Although the beach is a mile long, it can disappear at high tide.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Trancas Creek at Broad Beach is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st

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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