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Huntington Beach, Calif.--Bolsa Chica Walking Bridge Dedication at Bolsa Chica Wetlands, Huntington Beach Huntington Beach, CA -- The Bolsa Chica Land Trust held a press conference to announce their organization successfully raised $75,000 to build a new walkbridge near Warner Avenue connecting the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Interpretive Center to the largest portion of the Bolsa Chica wetlands. Update: The bridge was built by May 2008.




Huntington State Beach and Bolsa Chica State Beach, both in the city of Huntington Beach, have not removed their fire rings for beach bonfires, contrary to state announcements in 2009 that these beaches could be impacted and face removals due to the California State Budget and its resultant cuts to the California State Parks. There are a healthy 200 rings to enjoy, and even as the City of Huntington Beach removed some rings during the winter with promise to bring them back for the summer, the surrounding state beaches are considering adding more rings, according to a spokesperson. The public is invited to visit the state beaches and enjoy!

The summer sizzles with excitement, and one of our favorite beach activities will once again provide a beautiful scene as small fires glow in the setting sun, and the smell of bonfires mix with the scent of the ocean in the time-honored tradition of  the beach bonfire. Bolsa Chica State Beach & Huntington State Beach invite tourists to come visit these fabulous California State Beaches, complete with fire rings. The two beaches in Huntington Beach (entrances on Pacific Coast Highway at Beach Blvd., and between Warner & Seapoint,) have 200 fire rings. As one of the most popular attractions that draws visitors from near and far, a little information will help you understand how it works, and what to expect.

Getting a Fire Ring / Bonfire Pit

  • Fire rings are free.
  • The rings or pits are first come, first serve.
  • The cost of admission to the Huntington Beach State Beach & Bolsa Chica State Beach parking where the fire pits are located is $15/day, current rate for summer 2010 (subject to change.)
  • Hours: Bonfires may be burned during beach operating hours from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Fire rings are first come, first serve. Visitors must be aware that if they try to save a fire pit with items of clothing or chairs, this does not guarantee that other visitors will not move their stuff and take the fire pit. You cannot reserve fire pits. Certain weekends, holidays and warm summer days draw large crowds to the beach, and to the fire pits. Do not expect to find an available pit on such days, especially if you don't come early. And placing items at a ring doesn't assure that other guests won't remove the items and claim the fire pit.


  • Visitors are not allowed to bring in pallets or furniture to burn, for safety reasons.
  • Charcoal grills are not allowed any more,  due to safety reasons.
  • If visitors are having a party, balloons are not allowed on the beach because when they pop,  wildlife eat them, which causes them to starve to death.


  • Bonfires are allowed at any time of the day, during beach operating hours, from 6 am to 10 pm.
  • If visitors would like to BBQ, they are allowed to bring their own grill, but it needs to be gas operated.
  • Barbecue grills need to be at least 1 ' feet high ' if they are shorter, then they need to be placed within a fire ring or on a table ' for safety reasons.

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