CURRENT BEACH ACCESS: ALL PUBLIC ACCESSIBLE SHORELINE AREAS ARE OPEN WITH THE EXCEPTION OF AREAS AS INDICATED BY RESTRICTED AREA SIGNAGE.
NEXT PROJECTED CLOSURE: TBD
Various levels of public access to the beaches and water areas along PMRF's seven-mile coastline have existed for decades. After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, most civilian beach access was restricted. In 2005, PMRF introduced the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Guest Card Program. This program allows card-holding civilians to access PMRF through the main gate, travel unrestricted to Majors Bay or Shenanigans, use Majors Bay and Shenanigans facilities, and access beach areas. In August 2012, PMRF further relaxed beach access along its north and south boundaries to facilitate walk-in civilian beach use.
Individuals without authorized access to PMRF, or who do not possess a MWR Guest Card, are prohibited from accessing PMRF property other than designated beach areas as indicated by restricted area signage and/or PMRF'S vegetation line along the oceanfront coastline. These individuals typically walk on to the PMRF area beaches from the north or south boundary and enjoy fishing, shell-collecting, and surfing. When complete with their activities, they walk out. While on the beach, they are prohibited from entering PMRF federal property under any circumstance. If they wish to gain access to Shenanigans or the Majors Bay picnic and shower pavilion, they need to obtain a MWR Guest Card. In accordance with applicable authority, civilians are prohibited from driving motor vehicles on the state beaches at any time.
Walk-in beach users can obtain the PMRF Danger Zone closure schedule to preclude a wasted trip to the beach. PMRF offers several methods to determine Danger Zone activation, including this page on the official PMRF public website and a link to this information from the PMRF Facebook page.
Visitor and civilian access to PMRF federal property and the Danger and Safety Zones may be restricted, at no notice, due to increased FPCON or emergent Danger Zone published hazards. When authorizing civilian beach access, the PMRF Commanding Officer must balance four competing priorities: 1) public access to the beach, 2) PMRF Force Protection Condition (FPCON), 3) public safety during range operations, 4) protection of threatened and endangered animal and plant species and habitat designated as critical pursuant to the Endangered Species Act.