Manhattan Beach Pier

Manhattan Beach, California
Managed by LA Waterkeeper

UPDATE - A beach closure has been declared for the area from El Segundo Jetty to the North and the Redondo Beach city limit to the South, due to a release of petroleum effecting the area. Beach users are advised to avoid contact with the material washed on shore, the water, and wet sand. Contact with oil may cause skin irritation and long-term health effects. 5/28/2015

A popular summer spot, Manhattan Beach is usually teeming with activity. The path and bikeway along the beach is popular for biking, jogging, roller-blading, and skateboarding. Volleyball nets are set up along the beach, and swimming, body boarding and surfing are popular among residents and visitors. Surfing is allowed at the Manhattan Beach Pier and north Manhattan Beach (aka El Porto). Downtown Manhattan Beach runs along Manhattan Beach Boulevard near the pier with several stores, restaurants and bars and inexpensive parking. Manhattan Beach is often compared to Hermosa Beach as less crowded. Lifeguards are on duty during daylight hours.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 22nd, 2020. LA Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on July 6th, 2020 at 12:25 PM.
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Current Weather
15°C
A mix of sun and clouds
Monitoring Frequency

Manhattan Beach Pier 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

Manhattan Beach Pier

Manhattan Beach, California
Managed by LA Waterkeeper

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 22nd, 2020. LA Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on July 6th, 2020 at 12:25 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
15°C
A mix of sun and clouds

UPDATE - A beach closure has been declared for the area from El Segundo Jetty to the North and the Redondo Beach city limit to the South, due to a release of petroleum effecting the area. Beach users are advised to avoid contact with the material washed on shore, the water, and wet sand. Contact with oil may cause skin irritation and long-term health effects. 5/28/2015

A popular summer spot, Manhattan Beach is usually teeming with activity. The path and bikeway along the beach is popular for biking, jogging, roller-blading, and skateboarding. Volleyball nets are set up along the beach, and swimming, body boarding and surfing are popular among residents and visitors. Surfing is allowed at the Manhattan Beach Pier and north Manhattan Beach (aka El Porto). Downtown Manhattan Beach runs along Manhattan Beach Boulevard near the pier with several stores, restaurants and bars and inexpensive parking. Manhattan Beach is often compared to Hermosa Beach as less crowded. Lifeguards are on duty during daylight hours.

Monitoring Frequency

Manhattan Beach Pier 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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