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2012/2013/2014 Triennial Ocean, Harbor & Bay Water Quality Report

New Water Quality Report
This report provides an updated analysis of bacteriological water quality data for Orange County’s recreational waters and includes data on sewage spills and related ocean, harbor and bay water closures.

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Ocean Water Protection Program
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Heal the Bay - Report Card


Rain Advisory In Effect

The Environmental Health staff advises swimmers that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters adjacent to storm drains, creeks and rivers during and after rainstorms. The elevated levels of bacteria can continue for a period of at least 3 days depending upon the intensity of the rain and the volume of the runoff. Swimmers should avoid coastal waters impacted by discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers, and beach users should avoid contact with any runoff on the beach during dry or wet weather conditions.

Green flagOcean water bacteria levels meet state health standards.

Yellow flagOcean water bacteria levels exceed state health standards and may cause illness.

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Red flagOcean water is closed due to sewage contaminated water.

Use the menu bar below to view the map and current water quality status of your favorite local beach.

Dana Point

Dana Point/Capistrano Beach Amenities

Dana Point/
Capistrano Beach

lifeguard disabled restrooms firepits entrance fishing surfing scuba stairs interpretive camping

Dana Point Harbor

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North Beach*

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Doheny State*

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Capistrano Beach*

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Poche Beach

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Most lifeguard staffing is seasonal - June 23rd to Labor Day Weekend
* Note: expect to pay for parking at most Orange County beaches



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Dana Point Harbor - County Park link
West of Pacific Coast Hwy, on Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point CA Harbor: (949) 923-2280

Baby Beach (949) 923-2215
Dana Point Marine Life Refuge
: (949) 496-2274
Dana Point Youth & Group: (949) 923-2215


North Beach
Harbor Drive and Puerto Place, Dana Point CA (949) 496-6172

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Doheny State Beach - State Park link
Del Obispo and Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point CA (949) 496-6172

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Capistrano County Beach Park - County Park link
West of Pacific Coast Hwy and Beach Dr, Capistrano Beach CA (949) 923-2280

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Poche Beach - Limited Public Access
Camino Capistrano and Pacific Coast Hwy, Capistrano Beach CA