Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach

Crown Beach Swimming


No Beach Access Fees
$5 Parking Fee (Memorial to Labor Day)
Payment by cash (no bills over $20), Visa or MasterCard


Open between 5am and 10pm unless otherwise posted or permitted. No lifeguards provided at shoreline beaches; swim at your own risk.


Eighth Street and Otis Drive, Alameda, CA


(888) 327-2757, option 3, ext. 4522

Venue Activities


Crown Beach Regional Shoreline Water Quality Conditions

Bathroom Construction Delay

Construction of replacement bathroom facilities at Crown Beach along Shoreline Drive at Grand Street has been delayed. The Park District is working with the City of Alameda to restart construction as soon as possible.

At Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach, the water is warm and shallow. 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.

Beach wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. See the Park Accessibility section on the Crown Memorial State Beach page for more information.

Swim Beach Water Quality Program

Robert W. Crown beach is tested for bacterial levels weekly from April to October and twice a month from November to March. The map below indicates the sample sites which are: Crab Cove, the Bath House, Windsurf Corner, Sunset Road, 2001 Shoreline Drive, and Bird Sanctuary/Park Street. The East Bay Regional Park District works with the Alameda County Environmental Health Department in accordance with California Department of Public Health's Guidance for Salt Water Beaches to determine water quality at Crown Beach. Stop light signs along the beach are used to display the relative water quality from our latest bacteriological tests.

Water Quality Stop Light Designations:

Stoplight sign with water quality indicators

Please be advised there is always some level of risk when swimming in any water body. To have a fun and safe experience swimming in the parks, we encourage you to follow a few simple rules:

  • Keep bay water out of your mouth
  • After you leave the water, shower and towel dry as soon as possible 
  • Do not swim in the bay for 3 days after a rainstorm
  • Check posted signs for water quality information

For more information contact the East Bay Regional Park District Water Management Department at (510) 544-2328

Aerial photo of Crown Beach