& Mission Bay Park
Mission Bay Park overall is the largest
man-made aquatic park in the country, consisting of 4,235 acres, approximately 46% land and 54%
water. In 1944 dredging and filling operations began to convert the marsh into a public aquatic
recreation facility. Twenty-five million cubic yards of sand and silt were dredged to create the
land that forms the park. Mission Bay has 27 miles of shoreline, 19 of which are sandy beaches
with 8 locations designated as official swimming areas. There are nearly 14 miles of bike paths
along Mission Bay. Annual attendance in the park is estimated at 15 million.
The park offers a wide range of recreational activities including paths for walking and jogging,
volleyball and basketball courts, and playgrounds for children. A great place to have a picnic,
fly a kite, or sail a model yacht. The surf conditions are excellent for swimming, and the sand
quality is soft--perfect for sunbathing. There are also boat docks and launching facilities. At
the west end of the beach you will find a network of channels and islands. This is the perfect
area for windsurfing and water skiing.
Fishing is allowed in almost all areas of Mission Bay, except for areas designated for swimming,
water skiing and personal water craft use (including take off and landing zones). You can not fish
Swimming, sunbathing, walking, jogging, picnicking, kite-flying, windsurfing, waterskiing,
sailing, boating, jet skiing, rowing, fishing, volleyball, basketball.
Public restrooms and showers are available. Lifeguard staffing on Mission Bay beaches is primarily
weekends during spring, daily during summer, and weekends at end of summer through October.
Between November and spring break, there are no lifeguarded beaches on Mission Bay.
The park is primarily grassy areas and paved walkways without stairs. There is a playground at
Tecolote Shores which was designed for use by physically challenged children. Located around 1500
East Mission Bay Dr, close to the swimming area.
Location / Directions:
Mission Bay is bordered by East Mission Bay Drive to the east, Sea World Drive to the south, and
Mission Boulevard to the west. To reach Mission Bay from the north or south, take Interstate 5 to
the exit for East Mission Bay Drive or Sea World Drive.
Mission Bay has many free parking lots, usually adjacent to most of the swimming beaches. There
are no lots at Enchanted Cove and Sail Bay but parking is available nearby. It is unlawful to park
a vehicle in Mission Bay Park between 2:00 am and 4:00 am daily.
NO glass containers
Dogs: Fiesta Island is leash free. Other areas in Mission Bay Park allow leashed dog, or do not
allow dogs. Signs are posted.
Camping: It is unlawful to camp, sleep overnight or lodge overnight in Mission Bay Park.