Lechuza Beach

Malibu, California
Managed by LA Waterkeeper

Located along the western half of Broad Beach Road and Pacific Coast Highway, this is one of the most beautiful stretches of beaches you can find. The beach along Sea Level Drive and beyond its end, a 2700 foot section where there are no private homes directly on the ocean side, is sandy Lechuza Beach. The public owns the beach frontage here, purchased with a $9,000,000 grant from the State Coastal Conservancy to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), augmented by private donations. There are three access gates, the first is at West Sea Level Drive, the second is at Bunnie Lane, and the third is at East Sea Level Drive, all off of Broad Beach Road. The entrance at West Sea Level Drive is concealed down what is posted as a “Private Road”. Both public access gates for West and East Sea Level Drive are connected to the residential auto gates. Parking is on the street and there are no facilities, but there is a shopping center at the eastern intersection of PCH and Broad Beach Road with a Starbucks and a Chevron station.

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on December 4th, 2017. 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
17°C
Clear and sunny
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Lechuza 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

Lechuza Beach

Malibu, California
Managed by LA Waterkeeper

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on December 4th, 2017. 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
17°C
Clear and sunny

Located along the western half of Broad Beach Road and Pacific Coast Highway, this is one of the most beautiful stretches of beaches you can find. The beach along Sea Level Drive and beyond its end, a 2700 foot section where there are no private homes directly on the ocean side, is sandy Lechuza Beach. The public owns the beach frontage here, purchased with a $9,000,000 grant from the State Coastal Conservancy to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), augmented by private donations. There are three access gates, the first is at West Sea Level Drive, the second is at Bunnie Lane, and the third is at East Sea Level Drive, all off of Broad Beach Road. The entrance at West Sea Level Drive is concealed down what is posted as a “Private Road”. Both public access gates for West and East Sea Level Drive are connected to the residential auto gates. Parking is on the street and there are no facilities, but there is a shopping center at the eastern intersection of PCH and Broad Beach Road with a Starbucks and a Chevron station.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Lechuza 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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