Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach

Crown Beach Swimming

Fees
No Beach Access Fees.
$5 Parking Fee (Memorial to Labor Day)
Hours
Open between 5am and 10pm unless otherwise posted or permitted. No lifeguards provided at shoreline beaches; swim at your own risk.
Address
Eighth Street and Otis Drive, Alameda, CA
Phone
(510) 544-3175

Venue Activities

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swimming
Swimming

Notice

• Due to construction at Crown Beach, the restrooms at Park Street are CLOSED until further notice. Park restrooms at Shell Gate Road, Grand Street and Willow Street remain open.
No entry into the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary due to ongoing restoration work.
• To report cases of Swimmer's Itch please call Alameda County Environmental Health (510) 567-6700 or East Bay Park's Water Management 510-544-2328

Water Quality Conditions

Crown Beach is OPEN for swimming

Conditions [PDF]

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 Conditions

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:

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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

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Aerial photo of Crown Beach