Ventura County

Respect the Rincon Parkway

The Respect the Rincon Parkway (RRP) team joins together as a community of all ages to keep the 14-mile parcel of Rincon coastline clean for marine life, ecosystems and for both present and future recreational and commercial users. Help Keep the Rincon Parkway the Queen of the Ventura Coast!

Respect the Rincon Parkway reflects the diverse community of people who want to protect our local waters and coastline. Join us where the land meets the sea. RRP Beach clean ups are every second Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Joy at rrp@ventura.surfrider.org

For all beach cleanups, please wear:

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Closed toed shoes
  • Sunscreen

Please be prepared to fill out a data card of all the trash you pick up. We need this information to help find solutions for the main sources of trash on our beaches! Check out what we found in 2015 and 2016.Here is some more information about the most common sources of microplastics and plastic pollution, check it out before you go to log your data!

*If there is weather such as heavy rain or strong winds, we will post any cancellation updates to our Facebook page here.*

About the Rincon Parkway

Rhapsodized in 1962 by the Beach Boys in Surfin’ Safari, the Rincon Parkway on Highway 1 is unique to the Ventura County coast.  Free vehicle parking and Ventura County Parks fee based RV parking is only a stone’s throw from the riprap. Beyond the sand, viewers are likely to catch dolphin pods searching for perch in the waves, cormorants and brown pelicans diving for fish. Visible from the Rincon Parkway, 25 miles across the ocean are the Channel Islands, “the Galapagos Islands of the Pacific Coast,” where isolated plants and animals have evolved uniquely, forming a wildlife corridor found nowhere else in the world.

While the original 1913 roadway was composed of eucalyptus beams and asphalt which served as a traffic thruway from Los Angeles to San Francisco next to the tracks of the Southern Pacific Railroad, the current accessibility of the Rincon Parkway as a roadside turnout for day use and an overnight RV camping site has become an environmental, recreational and coastal stress point. 

The Rincon Parkway has been under further pressure by increased public use and misuse while other erosion from winter tides has removed coastal purchase during the 2020 – 2021 COVID-19 pandemic.   Sea level rise has arrived at the Rincon Parkway and our beaches are disappearing.

On April 29, 2021, representatives from the office of the Ventura County Parks and District 1 Supervisor Matt La Vere presented to the Executive Committee of Ventura County Surfrider Foundation the County’s short-term and long-term plan for improving conditions on the Rincon Parkway Day Use section.

The County’s improvement plans include but are not limited to: 

Short term – upgrading Rincon Parkway Day Use Parking Area with limited vehicle size, new signage, repaired curbs, new lidded trash receptacles, and commencing a “leave no trace” educational campaign.

Long Term –Updating the 1984 Maintenance Agreement with CalTrans, Ventura County, State Land Commission and including a Coastal Bike Trail in conjuction with the passage of the County Plan and the 2022 CalTrans paving project of the Rincon Parkway.

Important things to consider when visiting the Rincon Parkway:

  • The Rincon Parkway is a Parkway not a Parking lot. (Municipal Code 4505)
  • Please observe Leave No Trace Principles while visiting to protect the Channel Islands wildlife corridor, public health and your own good time.
  • Plan Ahead and Prepare:  The Rincon Parkway Day Use section has no water.
  • Dispose of Waste Properly: The County dumpsters are far apart.  Write rrp@ventura.surfrider.org for a free litter tote bag.
  • Leave What You Find: The beach is for everyone, even the sand gnats.
  • Minimize Campfires: Campfires are not allowed in Ventura County during drought.
  • Respect Wildlife:  Please do not feed the animals.  They will habituate to human food.
  • Be Considerate of Others: When it is busy, parking is limited.  Drive with caution and observe the bike lane.

Important Resources

  • Report debris/encampments (888)-877-7267 to Union Pacific Rail Road
  • Caltrans refuse/debris in HWY https://csr.dot.ca.gov
  • Black water dumping/illegal dumping – (805) 654-2311
  • Graffiti – Jeri.Cooper@ventura.org – County Parks

Report a stranded, sick, injured sea mammal to Channel Island Marine and Wildlife Institute Hotline at (805) 567-1505 – Do not attempt a rescue or pull animal back into water.  Sea mammals are federally protected and require special assessment and care.

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