The pier is 1,140 feet long and fronts directly on Sharp Park State Beach, a beach that can see strong winds and huge punishing waves. The bottom is primarily sand, and there is some buildup of mussels on the pilings. The beach itself is famous, at least to western striped bass fishermen. The beach used to be lined with anglers who would come, year after year, to confront some of the largest stripers in America. Unfortunately, the glory years seem to be over. Although there are still some exceptional seasons, most years see far fewer fish (although the regulars with the proper knowledge and technique can still rack up some impressive numbers).
It is also an excellent and unique beach for California's largest surfperch. Because of its location, it is an area that sees an overlap of California’s three "big" surfperch: barred surfperch from the south, the calico surfperch of central California, and the redtail surfperch of northern waters.
Open 24 hours a day.
The pier has lights, fish cleaning stations, some benches, restrooms at the base of the pier, and a bait shop/snack bar at the front of the pier. There is free parking on adjacent streets – although seemingly not enough on some summer days.