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McGrath State Beach Campground

Google Map Coordinates: Latitude: 34.226390 / Longitude: -119.261390

McGrath State Beach Camping Guide Continued

The McGrath State Beach campground is nestled up against beautiful coastal dunes and seems far removed from the cities of Venture and Oxnard. Yet, it is only a few miles from the cities should you need any supplies.

McGrath State Beach offers level camping sites, making it easy to arrive, set up, and get on to other activities. Each site has a picnic table and fire grate. Some campsites are well-shaded and screened from other campers; other spots are more out-in-the-open. There are large grassy areas for group camping available and the campground has flush toilets and showers. Both tents and RV's are welcome at the McGrath State Beach campground. There is a 34 ft maximum length limit for motorhomes, and a 30 ft max length limit for trailers and pop-up campers. All camping spots for RVs are "back-in" style; there are no pull-through camping spots at McGrath. An RV dump is available on-premises; however, there are no hookups available.

In the off-season, you may find very few fellow-campers at McGrath SB, particularly on week-days. However, McGrath State Beach DOES fill up quickly during the summer months, and you WILL need to make reservations in advance.

Location – Directions

McGrath State Beach is located 5 miles south of the town of Ventura. From Jct US-101 & Seaward Ave, exit 68, W 1 blk on Seaward Ave to Harbor Blvd, S 3 mi (R)

2211 Harbor Blvd.
Oxnard CA 93030

Points of Interest

McGrath State Beach is one of the best bird-watching areas in California, with the lush riverbanks of the Santa Clara River and sand dunes along the shore. A nature trail leads to the Santa Clara Estuary Natural Preserve. Two miles of beach provide surfing and fishing opportunities, however, swimmers are urged to use caution because of strong currents and riptides. The park offers campsites by the beach.

Santa Barbara Zoo - Excellent zoo with a wide range of displays. Also a nice train ride for the kids. Medium size zoo very kid friendly. Great location near the beach.

Point Dume Nature Preserve - One of the most picturesque places along the Southern California coast. Hike to the summit or down to a secluded beach.

Ronald Reagan Library - Houses the three-floor Air Force One Pavilion includes Marine One, the presidential helicopter. Educational for all under age 11: Free. Located in Simi Valley, California.

Heritage Valley - Citrus ranches, Historic small towns of Fillmore and Santa Paula. Take a trip back in time through this historic California valley. Ride a vintage train through this historic valley.

Rancho Camulos Museum -The museum is a National Historic Landmark where the early California lifestyle is preserved in its original rural environment.

Ventura Harbor Village - Restaurants, shopping and Channel Islands National Park Headquarters and Visitor Center. 33 acres village on the coast.

Port Hueneme - Hueneme Beach 50-acre park contains picnic areas, barbecue pits, flag plaza, Flight 261 Memorial. 60 miles north of Los Angeles 50 miles south of Santa Barbara.

Mission Santa Barbara - Called the "Queen of the Missions" for its graceful beauty. Beautiful setting on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Pismo Beach - Long white beaches for a pleasant stroll or for just enjoying the spectacular views. Drive your car or truck on the beach here.

Ventura Pier - 1958 feet long and is reputed to be the longest pier in California. The Ventura Pier is a landmark of Ventura popular for fishing.

Buellton - Nestled in countryside of the Santa Ynez Valley great home base to explore area vineyards, Missions or to just relaxation.


San Buenaventura State Beach, in Ventura 3.5 miles north on Harbor Blvd. to San Pedro Street (805) 968-1033

McGrath State Beach, in Ventura 9.6 miles south – 900 W Main Street (805)-968-1033.

Carpinteria State Beach, in Carpinteria 25.2 miles north on Highway 101 at Casitas Pass Road exit (805) 968-1033

Point Mugu State Park, 24 miles south on Highway 1 (818) 880-0363

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