Newport Dunes Oil Spill Update

Newport Dunes is Open

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina remains open and the public beach at our resort remains open as well. On Saturday, October 2, 2021, an oil leak was discovered and over 144,000 gallons of oil escaped into the Pacific Ocean. The California Department Of Fish & Wildlife established a unified command consisting of Beta Offshore, the Coast Guard, CDFW’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, with the cities of Long Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, to assist with the disaster response. Most Orange County beaches are closed.

To date, the oil is being kept away from Newport Harbor and the Back Bay.  Guests and the general public can enjoy the beach and explore the Back Bay and Newport Harbor by paddle or Duffy boat.  We continue to honor all our private event commitments.

Newport Harbor remains open for boating and general recreational use within the harbor. As of 10/9, boating traffic is allowed out to the Pacific Ocean.

The City of Newport Beach is working hand-in-hand with Federal, State and local agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, to assess and assist with mitigation efforts in response to the oil spill currently impacting coastal Orange County. The spill has significantly affected both Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, with substantial ecological impacts occurring at our local beaches and wetlands.

As a coastal community that greatly values its ecological assets, Newport Beach and surrounding cities will continue to do everything in our power to repair, heal and safeguard our marine environments for future neighbors, visitors, and generations.

Newport Dunes Response

We are greatly saddened by this ecological disaster that is threatening local wildlife and the environment. Newport Dunes is donating $10,000 to two organizations that are rescuing and rehabilitating oiled wildlife. If you would like to help, please consider donating to these fine organizations.

Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center
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What to Do if You Spot Oiled Wildlife

The California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife has stated that the public should not show up to volunteer and rescue as 1600 trained professionals and volunteers are on hand to respond.  They have set up a Hot Spot team to respond to any calls from the general public about distressed animals.  If you see a distressed animal, please do not try to capture it. Instead, call the oiled wildlife hotline 877-823-6926.  You can also call Pacific Marine Mammal Center at 949-494-3050.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in future volunteer opportunities, watch for a sign up at  You can also learn about further information here:

Additional City of Newport Beach Information

To read more information about the City of Newport Beach response, read their press release.