Pismo State Beach Campgrounds
Pismo State Beach Campgrounds are divided between two locations - North Beach Campground and Oceano Dunes Campground. North Beach Campground is immediately off Highway 1 and behind a row of dunes near the beach. Oceano Dunes is beside Oceano Lagoon and a few blocks inland from the beach. Visitors to Pismo State Beach enjoy swimming, hiking, surfing, clam digging, fishing, and bird watching. Nearby is Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreation Area.
North Beach Campground has 103 campsites in several loops along Carpenter Creek and behind a row of dunes close to the beach. All of the sites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents.
Oceano Campground has 80 campsites beside Oceano Lagoon. Campsites 1 - 42 are close together and designated for RVs or trailers only. Those sites have electric and water hook-ups. The other 38 sites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents.
Changes in California State Parks Reservation System
California State Parks is switching to a new reservation system beginning August 1, 2017. ReserveCalifornia will replace the previous ReserveAmerica. "Beginning on midnight July 26, 2017, the website and telephone reservations for California's state parks will be temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on August 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. An electronic or hard copy from ReserveAmerica will need to be presented to State Parks staff when checking in for reservation made prior to July 26, 2017."
ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips
California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.