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Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach, California | by Ken Lund
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Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach, California

Bolsa Chica State Beach is a beach in the state park system of California, USA. It is located south of the Huntington Beach community of Sunset Beach in Orange County.


The state beach is a popular place for surf fishing. Perch, corbina, croaker, cabezon and Shovelnose guitarfish are among the fish that can be caught there. The most popular location for fishing is around the recently opened channel, Tidal Inlet Channel, located at the southernmost end of the beach.


During the summer months near new and full moons, grunion (a sardine-sized fish) come to sandy beaches such as Bolsa Chica to spawn. State law requires a fishing permit for adults, and the fish must be caught by hand.


The beach extends 3 miles (4.8 km) from Warner Avenue in Sunset Beach south to Seapoint Avenue, where the Huntington City Beach begins. The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is located across the busy Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) from the beach and is a popular spot for birdwatching.


Lifeguard Services at Bolsa Chica State Beach are provided by the California State Parks Lifeguard Service. Lifeguards patrol the beach year round while lifeguard towers are staffed roughly Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

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Taken on August 6, 2011