Topanga County Beach at Topanga Canyon

Malibu, California
Managed by LA Waterkeeper

Topanga Beach is one of the most popular surf spots in the area with a wide sandy beach perfect for sunbathing on warm summer days. Also popular with paddle boarders, kayakers, skin divers, snorklers, and scuba divers. The waves at Topanga Beach break over cobblestones and reef and give surfers long rides into the bay. At low tide, the rocks and cobblestones can make entering and exiting the water difficult. There are a few restaurants across from the beach which can be reached by using the PCH underpass. Small self pay parking lot, limited on street parking, handicapped accessible, restrooms, showers, and daily lifeguards. Close to the J. Paul Getty Villa museum, it offers views of Santa Monica Bay and Catalina Island. This beach is monitored five days a week in front of the creek mouth.

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
23°C
Mostly clear
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Topanga County Beach at Topanga Canyon 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

Topanga County Beach at Topanga Canyon

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
23°C
Mostly clear

Topanga Beach is one of the most popular surf spots in the area with a wide sandy beach perfect for sunbathing on warm summer days. Also popular with paddle boarders, kayakers, skin divers, snorklers, and scuba divers. The waves at Topanga Beach break over cobblestones and reef and give surfers long rides into the bay. At low tide, the rocks and cobblestones can make entering and exiting the water difficult. There are a few restaurants across from the beach which can be reached by using the PCH underpass. Small self pay parking lot, limited on street parking, handicapped accessible, restrooms, showers, and daily lifeguards. Close to the J. Paul Getty Villa museum, it offers views of Santa Monica Bay and Catalina Island. This beach is monitored five days a week in front of the creek mouth.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Topanga County Beach at Topanga Canyon 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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