Campground to Close for Marine ‘Assault’
The San Mateo campground at San Onofre State Park in California will close to the public for two weeks in June because of military training, the Marine Corps announced.
The campground lies a short distance inland from the 3.5-miles of sandy beaches within San Onofre State Beach (shown above).
Camp Pendleton’s 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and international troops plan to use portions of the park during their annual Dawn Blitz amphibious operations exercise, June 15 to June 30, U-T San Diego reported.
The Marine Corps has leased the land to the California Department of Parks and Recreation since 1971, the Marines said in a press release.
The lease allows the military to continue training in the area given proper advance notice.
Camp Pendleton notified the state in August that it planned to use that option in the lease; it “has been in continuous coordination with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, as well as the California Coastal Commission concerning the closure of portions of San Onofre State Park for military training,” the Marines said. The corps also posted notices in newspapers.
The brigade-sized, multi-national exercise usually involves Navy ships and landing craft, Marine assault vehicles and aircraft. The Marines and sailors will practice beach landings and other maneuvers on areas of the base normally leased to the state for park use, as it has in previous decades, the corps said.
Camp Pendleton is preparing an environmental assessment of the training.
San Onofre – San Mateo Campground is located on the outer edge of San Clemente 1 mile inland from I-5.