Harbor seal

Carpinteria Harbor Seal Rookery

WELCOME TO THE CARPINTERIA HARBOR SEAL ROOKERY

Carpinteria Harbor Seal Rookery

The Carpinteria Harbor Seal Rookery lookout point can be accessed by the Carpinteria Bluffs Trail.

The Carpinteria Harbor Seal Rookery is a special place that offers critical safety and rest for the marine mammals that spend much of their time in the water. For this reason, it’s imperative that members of the public avoid disturbing the animals even during the June-through-November period when the beach is open.

Please use the bluff top trail, keep dogs on leash, and generally stay far away from the Casitas Pier. The seals can be viewed (quietly) from the bluff above the rookery which is easily accessible via the Coastal Trail (see map below).

Harbor seal

The Federal Marine Protection Act prohibits approaching marine mammals at all times, year round.

Location and Hours

The Carpinteria Harbor Seal Rookery lookout point can be accessed by the Carpinteria Bluffs Trail.

Parking is available at 475 Linden AveSee the map below.

The Carpinteria Harbor Seal Rookery area beach is CLOSED from December 1st through May 31st. By the Carpinteria City Ordinance #470, the Rookery area beach is closed to protect the colony during puppy season – Extending approximately 750 feet to the East and West, and 1,000 feet out of sea.

The Harbor Seal Rookery OPENS to the public 30-minutes before SUNRISE and CLOSES 30-minutes after SUNSET.

Seal watch map

Protection Of The Harbor Seals Regulations

The Federal Marine Protection Act prohibits approaching marine mammals at all times, year round. For complete regulations on the protection of harbor seals see Chapter 12.24.090 of the Carpinteria Municipal Code.

Disturbing the seals is a violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and may result in fines up to $10,000 per occurrence. For more information, contact the City of Carpinteria at (805) 684-5405.

Thank you for helping us protect our local harbor seals.

Casitas Pier
Harbor Seal Pup
Harbor seals in Carpinteria

Contact/More Information

Aida Thau
Management Analyst II
Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department
(805) 755-4432
aidat@carpinteriaca.gov