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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
(714) 433-6400
(714) 433-6481 Fax
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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.

More Information

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.

Balboa Island

Newport Beach Amenities

Newport Beach, Balboa and Corona Del Mar Area

lifeguard disabled restrooms firepits entrance fishing surfing scuba stairs interpretive camping

Santa Ana River*

yes         yes yes        

Newport Pier*

yes   yes     yes yes        

Balboa Pier*

yes   yes yes   yes yes        

Newport Harbor*

yes yes yes     yes       yes  

Newport Dunes*

yes yes yes yes             yes

Upper Newport Bay

  yes yes             yes  

Corona Del Mar*

yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes    

Little Corona

yes yes yes     yes     yes    

Crystal Cove Park

yes yes yes   yes yes yes yes yes    

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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Santa Ana River Mouth Beach
Pacific Coast Highway and Orange Street, Newport Beach, CA

Photograph of Newport Pier Newport Pier
End of Balboa Blvd. at Ocean Front and 21st Street, Newport Beach, CA
Photograph of Balboa Pier

Balboa Pier
West of Balboa Blvd, at foot of Main St, Balboa, CA

Balboa Beach: West of Balboa Blvd and South of Island Ave, Balboa, CA, Surf & Weather (949) 673-3371

Balboa Island: West of Pacific Coast Hwy, on Jamboree Road or take Ferry from Balboa Pavilion, beach at end of Ruby St, Newport Beach, CA

Photograph of Newport Harbor

Newport Harbor - County Park link
1401 Bayside Dr, access point at Harbor Patrol office, Corona del Mar, CA, Surf & Weather (949) 673-3371

China Cove Beach: Ocean Blvd at Fernleaf St, Corona Del Mar, CA

Pirates Cove Beach (Rocky Point): Steps off of the north end of Corona Del Mar State Beach Parking Lot, Corona Del Mar, CA

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Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort - Link to Resort
1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, CA  92660 
(949) 729-3863


Upper Newport Bay - Interpretive Center - County link
The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. It is at the corner of University and Irvine Avenue. Call (714) 973-6820 for hours.

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Corona Del Mar State Beach - State Park link
Operated by the City of Newport Beach
Ocean Blvd and Iris Ave, Corona Del Mar, CA

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Little Corona (Arch Rock)
Poppy Ave across Ocean Blvd, Corona Del Mar, CA
No steps, but steep pathway to beach

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Crystal Cove State Park - State Park link
Pacific Coast Hwy and Los Trancos or Newport Coast Drive
2,700 acre park, 3.25 miles of Pacific coastline between Corona Del Mar and Laguna Beach, CA.
949) 494-3539