The 529-foot Gaviota Pier is part of Gaviota State Park and is open 24 hours a day, but day-use visitors to the park must leave by closing time (which varies by season). Those camping at the park have access to the pier all night. Common catches are kelpfish, surfperch, bass, bonito, jacksmelt, sharks, rays, and mackerel. Kelp beds can interfere with fishing at times.
A scattering of lights along the pier help night fishermen, but many bring their own lanterns. On shore are fish-cleaning stations and restrooms. Bait and tackle are available in the park store.