This off road area is among the most popular and unique of California State Parks. The 5 miles of beach open for vehicle use and the sand dunes available for off highway motor vehicle recreation are attractions for visitors from throughout the United States. Oceano Dunes is the only California State Park where vehicles may be driven on the beach. Passenger cars can easily drive on the northern portion of the beach. Four wheel drive vehicles are recommended for driving to the camping and off highway vehicle use areas in the park. Beach wheelchairs are available for loan at the Pier and Grand Avenue entrances to the beach. Surfing, swimming, surf fishing, horseback riding and bird watching are popular activities.

This is one of my favorite places to visit. I'm very surprised of how well the lake is doing in this drought

Absolutely relaxing hike! we'll do it again near summer

Lovely place to relax, takes you through the trees,on a little bridge above water and ends on a secluded beach where you can just be you and your thoughts.
Bathrooms access at the beginning of the trail (there was no parking fee when we went), and another one closer to the beach.

Easy relaxing walk, not far to the beach.. Lots of birds and little creatures to enjoy along the way.

on Oso Flaco Lake Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Nice gentle hike down the boardwalk but keep in mind there's a ranger station on your right and a $5.00 fee to park at the trailhead. You can avoid the parking fee by parallel parking on the road just outside of the trailhead parking lot. Also, it was very cold/windy so bring a jacket just in case. Have fun!

hiking
4 months ago

Very easy hike with a 4 year old and 2 year old. We went early morning and it was overcast, so there were tons of bugs along the bridge across the water. But once we were past the bridge, it was great! Saw about 8 wild rabbits (boys loved it!)

walking
5 months ago

Nice easy hike / walk. Beautiful trees cover the beginning of the trail and then you make a left on to an expansion bridge and walk across the water. We spent some time there bird watching. Next you are met by a wooden foot path through the sand dunes where it was very peaceful and serene. There is a bathroom there to!! Then on to the beach where you can see for miles at the look out at the end of the boardwalk.

hiking
5 months ago

always a fun hike with the kids. they love it and it gets us out for a while.

Love this place! Great for kids

off road driving
7 months ago

beautiful views! great for off roading. we found lots of sand dollars on the beach!

Nice easy walk , great for families ..

hiking
7 months ago

The trail was way to short in my opinion. Took my girlfriend and I less than an hour to reach the beach. The good thing about this trail is the HUGE lake right in the start and the many picnic tables. The bad thing is that it's too short. I've seen toddlers walk the trail with no problems so anyone can do it even 70+

walking
8 months ago

I went October 2015, lots and lots of Ducks, Herring, Osprey, Great white pelican. Loved it and will go again. Easy walk, beautiful plants along the way.

on Oso Flaco Lake Trail

10 months ago

walking
11 months ago

Windy but beautiful !

hiking
11 months ago

Not the best spot to see the dunes "Sahara style".