Where is it safe to swim in LA this summer?

The North Fork of the San Gabriel River

The warm summer weather in our region is inspiring many Angelenos to cool off at local beaches and swimming holes. Heal the Bay is here with the latest water quality grades AND a list of best and worst places to go in Los Angeles for swimming to keep you safe from harmful bacterial-pollution that can be lurking beneath the surface.

Swimming areas to VISIT in Los Angeles County

Below is a list of places with perfect water quality year-round, according to Heal the Bay’s 2021-2022 Beach Report Card and 2021 River Report Card.

  • Venice City Beach, at Brooks Ave. drain
  • Rancho Palos Verdes, Long Point
  • Royal Palms State Beach
  • Palos Verdes Estates, at Malaga Cove trail outlet
  • Las Tunas County Beach, at Pena Creek
  • Nicholas Beach, at San Nicholas Canyon Creek
  • Eaton Canyon
  • Hansen Dam Lake
  • Mill Creek at Hidden Springs
  • San Gabriel River

Swimming areas to AVOID in Los Angeles County

Below is a list of places with chronic water quality issues that present high public health risks, according to Heal the Bay’s 2021-2022 Beach Report Card and 2021 River Report Card.

  • Santa Monica Beach at Santa Monica Pier
  • Marina del Rey Mother’s Beach
  • Las Virgenes Creek
  • Bull Creek

Review Heal the Bay’s easy-to-read maps of the latest water quality grades in Los Angeles and know where it is safe to swim (new grades are issued every Friday).

VIEW BEACH REPORT CARD

VIEW RIVER REPORT CARD


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