Sycamore Cove Pier — Gone but not forgotten

This picture is from an old California Fish and Game publication, circa 1952/53.

Sycamore Cove Beach (9000 Pacific Coast Highway) is located three miles east of Point Mugu and four miles up the coast northwest from the south corner of Ventura County. It sits at the mouth of the Big Sycamore Canyon and today is the site of the headquarters for Point Mugu State Park.

Once a small pleasure (fishing) pier attracted sport fishermen to the spot but today most visitors simply see a sandy beach and the ocean beyond (along with some BBQ grills and restrooms). Occasionally a gnarly old piling may be seen sticking its head up through the sand as though pleading for remembrance but most pilings are gone, removed by the ceaseless waves and pounding surf over the years.

In addition to the recreational anglers who fished from the pier a few commercial skiff fishermen used to use the site to bring in their catch—mostly halibut, rockfish and lobsters. Some of the fish were sold to local restaurants and fish markets although records indicate some was sold to passing cars and trucks.

The site is apparently also a good one for movies. The movie After The Sunset was partially filmed at Sycamore Cove Beach in 2004. The lifeguard headquarters played the part of the beach house while the pier seen in the film was constructed just for the film. The film included Pierce Brosnan (Max) and Salma Hayek (Lola) among others. In one scene Max and Stan go fishing for sharks and are successful. Afterwards they drunkenly sing the same song sung by a drunken Quint, Hooper, and Brody in Jaws (1975). So, the question for the day is if you have to be drunk to sing that song or does it somehow sound better if you are in a drunken stupor?

 “A twisted rock formation on the far side of the cove marks the location for the climax of Charlie’s Angels in which Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu hang from a helicopter… Sycamore Cove is also a good spot for a family outing, as seen in Junior, in which Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny Devito, Emma Thompson, and Paula Reed celebrate their offspring’s birthdays.” —Harry Medved with Bruce Akiyama, Hollywood Escapes, 2006

Posted in Daily musings... and tagged with , . RSS 2.0 feed.

3 Responses to Sycamore Cove Pier — Gone but not forgotten

  1. jay hudson says:

    visited here in late forties. was a campground and small store of sorts enjoyed fishing off pier and rocks at east end of beach. good times with family.

  2. Dave Schenk says:

    Lived here in a trailer park as a child in the late 50′s and early 60′s. It was our private paradise.

  3. Peggy says:

    There was a novelty store that sold all kinds of nick knacks and the store had a fresh caught fish and lobster tanks. They had huge pots of boiling water to cook the fresh sea food. On the northern side of these tanks was a small fast food cafe. My sister would cook hamburgers for the people that didn’t want lobster or crab.

Leave a Reply to Peggy Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>