California's "Public" Jetties???

Ken Jones

Administrator
Staff member
#1
This is a list of jetties that I submitted as "public jetties" to the Fish and Game Commission in 2014. The list was never confirmed by Fish and Wildlife.

...publicly owned jetties or breakwaters that are connected to land, as described above, that have free unrestricted access for the general public and whose purpose it is to form the most seaward protective boundary of an ocean harbor are public piers. Jetties, breakwaters, promenades, sea walls, moles, docks, linings, barriers and other structures that are not the most seaward protective boundary of an ocean harbor, are not public piers.”

San Diego County

Mission Bay Jetties — north
Oceanside Harbor Jetties — south and north

Orange County

Dana Harbor Jetty — west jetty (Dana Point SMCA?)
Newport Bay Jetties — east and west jetties
Huntington Harbor/Anaheim Bay — north jetty (inshore)

Los Angeles County

Alamitos Bay — west jetty
San Pedro — San Pedro Breakwater
Catalina — Cabrillo Mole (hook and line only)
• Casino Point — south side
King Harbor — west jetty
Marina Del Rey Jetties — south and north

Ventura County

Port Hueneme — La Janelle Jetty
Channel Islands Harbor Jetties — south and north
Ventura Harbor Jetties — east and west

Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara Harbor — jetty

San Luis Obispo County

Morro Bay Jetties — south and north

Monterey County

Monterey Coast Guard Pier/Jetty
Moss Landing Jetties — south and north

Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor Jetties — east and west

San Mateo County

Pillar Point Harbor Jetties — south and north

San Francisco Bay Jetties — although we are not sure if any of the jetties inside San Francisco Bay technically meet the definition of a public jetty, we know several have received unofficial “public” status from wardens over the years. A list of these would also be very helpful.

Sonoma County


Bodega Bay Jetties — east and west

Mendocino County

Noyo Harbor Jetty — north

Humboldt County

Humboldt Bay Jetties — south and north

Del Norte County

Crescent City Breakwater
 

SC McCarty

Well-known member
#2
Hi Ken,

Thank you for continuing to bring this subject up. All of the Ventura County jetties have "keep off" signs, which might disqualify them on the grounds of "that have free unrestricted access for the general public." I am sure that these signs are posted for liability purposes, but they are still meant to restrict access. This is a shame, because Ventura County lacks access to rocky areas for fishing.

Ventura and Channel Islands harbors also have unattached breakwaters across their mouths. This might disqualify the jetties as "the most seaward protective boundaries" of their harbors.

The La Janelle jetty is actually a side branch of the Hueneme Harbor jetty, but provides no protection to the harbor, so a license should be required, and it should be listed separately from the Hueneme jetty.

It would be great to have these things clarified, but at the moment they are fish without a license at your own peril.

Steve
 
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MisterT

Active member
#3
Hi Ken.

Would you happen to know whether Long Beach Jetty (By Shoreline Marina Gas Dock) does not require a license?

It is accessible to the general public. (Check!)

I'm not sure about most seaward protective boundary of an ocean harbor.

Based on the location the most seaward protective boundary has water on both sides and the jetty is nearby a marine vessels.
 

Ken Jones

Administrator
Staff member
#4
I would not think so since it doesn't appear to meet the definition of most seaward protective boundary but we just don't know unless the CA DF&W provides some answers.
 

MisterT

Active member
#5
I would not think so since it doesn't appear to meet the definition of most seaward protective boundary but we just don't know unless the CA DF&W provides some answers.
Thanks Ken. This does get very ambiguous. My thought was it does meet the requirements of most seaward protective boundary as water exists on both sides of the jetty (towards the very end at least). The "ocean harbor" part actually gets me. Would the area where the marine vessels are at be classified as a harbor?