Crown Memorial State Beach

ALERT
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has banned all outdoor burning due to extreme fire conditions until further notice. For updates see the Fire Warning Information page.
Notice
There is no entry into the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary to facilitate ongoing restoration work, until further notice.
Water Quality
Swim Beach is open |  Conditions [PDF] |  Monitoring Program 
Protecting Snowy Plovers
Watch for symbolic fencing along Shoreline Dr. and Kitty Hawk Rd. through March and April. Fencing helps pedestrians avoid areas of nesting shorebirds. EBRPD Protects Threatened Shorebirds at Crown Beach.

Park Info

Address
Eighth Street and Otis Drive, Alameda, CA

Park Entrances
> Crab Cove North Beach
> Crown Memorial South Beach

Phone Numbers
(510) 544-3175
Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4522

Park Hours
Open between 5am and 10pm unless otherwise posted or permitted

Swim Hours & Fees
NOTICE:
If parking and or swim capacity is reached, entrance gates may close for the day.
Swim Facilities Schedule

Fees
Parking Fee: $5 per vehicle when kiosk is attended; $4 per trailered vehicle. Buses: $25/per bus.
Dog Fee:  $2 per dog. Guide/service dogs free; no dogs allowed on beach.
Boating: Boating, kayaking & sailing fees

Maps
> Trail Map
> PDF Map
> Google Map
> Transit & Trails

Photos
> Goolge

Boat Launch
See the Boating/Sailing page

Crown Beach, Robert W. Crown Memorial

About The Park

Crown Beach is operated by the Park District under a cooperative agreement with the State of California and City of Alameda. It is named in memory of State Assemblyman Robert W. Crown, who had campaigned for its preservation as public parkland. In 2013, a $5.7 million project that pumped 82,600 cubic yards of sand restored the beach and dune system to its 1987 footprint. Crown Memorial State Beach Sand Project

The showpiece of the park is its 2.5-mile beach, with sand dunes bordering a bicycle trail. The beach is a great achievement of landscaping and engineering. After wind and water action had eroded the beach dangerously, it was restored in early 1982 with sand from San Francisco Bay, pumped ashore by pipeline from a barge. More sand has been added since then, and groins have been constructed to keep it in place.

History

From the 1880s until the outbreak of World War II, Alameda Beach was renowned as an amusement center, the largest beach on San Francisco Bay.

Known for its beautiful sands and warm waters, the beach was a popular day-trip destination for residents from throughout the region. It earned the name "Coney Island of the West," and bathing spas competed for patronage by staging concerts, balloon ascents, carnival rides, baseball games, prize fights, and other publicity stunts.

The carnival is over, but the beautiful beach is back, bordered by lawns and picnic grounds. Some of the area's colorful past is preserved in exhibits at the park's Crab Cove Visitor Center.

Our "Memory Lane" self-guided trail leads you from the time California Indians lived in the area through the Victorian era and military history.  The tour is available on your mobile device or pick up a brochure in the visitor center.

Park Features

The natural history of Crown is emphasized in two locations. Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary at the east end harbors aquatic birds and other salt marsh creatures. Crab Cove at the north end is a marine reserve where all plant and animal life is protected.

Notice: There is currently no entry into the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary to facilitate ongoing restoration work
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Crab Cove Visitor Center, located on McKay Avenue within Crown Beach, contains exhibits and aquaria highlighting flora and fauna of San Francisco Bay and other marine areas. To read more about the visitor center, visit the Crab Cove Visitor Center page.

There are picnic areas nearby; alcoholic beverages are prohibited except with a permit at a reservable picnic area. There is a seasonal parking fee.

Encinal Beach and Trail are about a half mile west of Crab Cove. The beach is a conditionally designated official San Francisco Bay Water Trail site.

Park Activities

Swimming

The water is warm and shallow at Crown Beach. At the west end of the beach is a bathhouse with changing rooms. Swimming is permitted during park hours year round. No lifeguards are on duty. 

Boating

There is no boat launch facility. Only sailboards, kayaks, and car-top inflatables are permitted at Crown Beach. For more information and a schedule of fees, see our Boating and Sailing page. Crown Beach is an official San Francisco Bay Water Trail site. Kayaking, Paddleboarding, kite surfing are popular non-motorized activities at this location.

Boardsports

Crown Beach Wind Surfer

Crown Beach is popular with windsurfers and kiteboarders. Rental equipment and lessons are available on spring weekends and during the summer. Call (415) 385-1224 for information. 

Picnicking

Next to the bathhouse are picnic tables, barbecue pits and lots of lawn area for ball games. Some picnic areas are reservable; call 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757), press option 2 to make a reservation.

Fishing

Fishing is allowed from shore subject to State Fish and Game regulations. Persons 16 years and older must have a California State Fishing License. No Park District Fishing Access Permit is required. 

Dogs

Dogs are not permitted on the beach. Dogs are allowed only on lawn areas and along the paved pathways. Dogs must be on a leash (six-foot maximum) and under control at all times. Please clean up after your dog. 

Naturalist-Guided Programs

Naturalist-guided programs for school groups and other organized groups are available in the Crab Cove Visitor Center Wednesday through Friday by advance reservation. Call 1-888-327-2757, x3187 for information. To browse programs online, visit EBParks.org/Register

Special Events

An annual crowd-pleasing tradition at Crown is the Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest, held in front of the bathhouse on a low-tide Saturday morning in June. Open to all ages, the contest attracts hundreds of participants and spectators. High tide destroys the sand creations, but winners receive trophies and ribbons as mementos of their artistry.

Concerts at the Cove offer incredible free music and fun! Extended hours at the Visitor Center plus family activities on the deck and beautiful views of San Francisco Bay make our concerts extra special. Bring your blanket or lawn chair; food and beverages available for purchase. For information, see the Special Events page.

Park Video

ADA accessibility iconPark Accessibility

The following facilities are accessible to wheelchair users: Nepture reservable picnic area, Crolls Garden reservable picnic area, Rocky Shoreline Tide Ramp, Crab Cove Visitor Center, and the bathhouse.

Wheelchair accessible restrooms, drinking fountains, parking, and paved trails are also available.

Beach wheelchairs, intended to provide a means for wheelchair users to travel across the beach, are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. They require an assistant to push and are not intended to enter the water. To arrange for use of a chair, call the Crab Cove Visitors Center at (510) 544-3187, or the Crown Beach park office at (888) 327-2757, option 3, ext. 4522. Arrangements will be made to bring the chair out to the beach. It takes approximately 15 minutes to prepare the chair. Staff will give a brief orientation to the chair and arrange a time for the chair to be returned.

To Reach The Park

From San Francisco, take the Bay Bridge to I-580 east and I-980 (downtown Oakland). Exit I-980 at 11th/12th Streets, go through several traffic lights and make a left onto 5th Street. This will take you to Broadway and the Oakland/Alameda Tube. Once through the Tube, you'll be on Webster Street. Webster will dead end at Central Avenue. Turn left onto Central and right onto Eighth Street to reach the Crown Beach entrance. Turn right on Central then turn left on McKay Ave to reach the Crab Cove entrance.

Transit & Trails: Crown Memorial State Beach (transit, biking, and walking directions)

Trail Map

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Events:

Saturday, February 16, 2019 (Today)

11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Songs and Stories by the Shore

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Seine Net Survey

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- Nature Sounds

Sunday, February 17, 2019

11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM
Storytime

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- Nature Sounds

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time

Thursday, February 21, 2019

10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Third Thursdays in the Garden

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Third Thursdays in the Garden

Saturday, February 23, 2019

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- Squid Dissection

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time

Sunday, February 24, 2019

11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM
Storytime

12:30 PM  -  3:30 PM
Native Plant and Butterfly Gardening

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- Squid Dissection

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Sea Squirts: Avast Ye Pirates!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- Low Tide Exploration | Crown Beach | Alameda

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time - 03/02/19 | Crown Beach | Alameda

Sunday, March 3, 2019

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- Low Tide Exploration | Crown Beach | Alameda

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time - 03/03/19 | Crown Beach | Alameda

3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
Minus Low Tide Walk | Crown Beach | Alameda

Saturday, March 9, 2019

10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM
KIDS STORYTIME AND NATURE EXPLORATION | Crown Beach | Alameda

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- Fun with Food Chains | Crown Beach | Alameda

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time - 03/09/19 | Crown Beach | Alameda

Sunday, March 10, 2019

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- Fun with Food Chains | Crown Beach | Alameda

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time - 03/10/19 | Crown Beach | Alameda

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Sea Squirts: Roots, Stems, Leaves | Crown Beach | Alameda

Saturday, March 16, 2019

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- Going Green | Crown Beach | Alameda

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time - 03/16/19 | Crown Beach | Alameda

Sunday, March 17, 2019

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- Going Green | Crown Beach | Alameda

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time - 03/17/19 | Crown Beach | Alameda

12:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
CALLING ALL GREEN THUMBS | Crown Beach | Alameda

Thursday, March 21, 2019

10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Third Thursdays in the Garden | Crown Beach | Alameda

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Third Thursdays in the Garden | Crown Beach | Alameda

Saturday, March 23, 2019

10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM
TINY FISHING DERBY | Crown Beach | Alameda

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- Duck, Duck, Goose | Crown Beach | Alameda

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time - 03/23/19 | Crown Beach | Alameda

Sunday, March 24, 2019

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- Duck, Duck, Goose | Crown Beach | Alameda

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time - 03/24/19 | Crown Beach | Alameda

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Sea Squirts: Colors, Colors, Everywhere | Crown Beach | Alameda

Saturday, March 30, 2019

10:00 AM  -  11:30 AM
KIDS STORYTIME AND NATURE EXPLORATION | Crown Beach | Alameda

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- Colors, Colors, Everywhere | Crown Beach | Alameda

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time - 03/30/19 | Crown Beach | Alameda

Sunday, March 31, 2019

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- Colors, Colors, Everywhere | Crown Beach | Alameda

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time - 03/31/19 | Crown Beach | Alameda

Saturday, April 6, 2019

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- Busy Buzzy Bees | Crown Beach | Alameda

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time - 04/06/19 | Crown Beach | Alameda

Sunday, April 7, 2019

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- Busy Buzzy Bees | Crown Beach | Alameda

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time - 04/07/19 | Crown Beach | Alameda

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Sea Squirts: Grossology | Crown Beach | Alameda

Saturday, April 13, 2019

10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM
Splash into Spring & Egg Scramble | Crown Beach | Alameda

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- The Incredible Egg | Crown Beach | Alameda

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time - 04/13/19 | Crown Beach | Alameda

Sunday, April 14, 2019

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- The Incredible Egg | Crown Beach | Alameda

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time - 04/14/19 | Crown Beach | Alameda

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Hikes for Tykes: Crab Cove Visitor Center | Crown Beach | Alameda

Thursday, April 18, 2019

10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Third Thursdays in the Garden | Crown Beach | Alameda

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Third Thursdays in the Garden | Crown Beach | Alameda

Saturday, April 20, 2019

8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
Alameda Earth Day: Coastal Clean-up | Crown Beach | Alameda

10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM
Alameda Earth Day Event | Crown Beach | Alameda

1:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
Wildlife Volunteers - Rail Rescue Rangers | Crown Beach | Alameda

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- The Art of Reuse | Crown Beach | Alameda

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time - 04/20/19 | Crown Beach | Alameda

Sunday, April 21, 2019

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- The Art of Reuse | Crown Beach | Alameda

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time - 04/21/19 | Crown Beach | Alameda

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Sea Squirts: Low Tide Exploration | Crown Beach | Alameda

Saturday, April 27, 2019

10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
MID MORNING BIRDWALK | Crown Beach | Alameda

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- Stop and Smell the Flowers | Crown Beach | Alameda

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time - 04/27/19 | Crown Beach | Alameda

Sunday, April 28, 2019

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
CITY NATURE CHALLENGE BIOBLITZ | Crown Beach | Alameda

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Family Nature Fun- Stop and Smell the Flowers | Crown Beach | Alameda

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Fish Feeding Time - 04/28/19 | Crown Beach | Alameda

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