McGrath State Beach, south of Ventura where the Santa Clara River meets the ocean, is known as one of the best spots to watch migratory birds in Southern California.
Here’s our short 360 movie of the entrance area of McGrath State Beeach:
The two-mile beach is a popular Ventura beach for surfers and campers, but swimmers are advised to use caution due to strong riptides.
The tree-shaded campground is spacious, with many spaces both for family and group camping, but reservations are strongly recommended (call the park directly at (805) 968-1033).
Cost for overnight camping is $25 per night. Maximum camper length is 34 feet, maximum trailer length is 30 feet.
McGrath State Beach is five miles south of the city of Ventura, just south of the entrance to Ventura Harbor. The city of Oxnard is a few miles farther south.
The park is open for entrance dawn to dusk. Note that the camping area is set far back from the beach, behind dunes, so expect a hike to get to the water.
That's the beach way in the background, in this photo to the left. See the photo at the bottom of this page to check out the sand dunes at McGrath.
While you’re there be sure to check out the nature trail to the Santa Clara Estuary Natural Preserve for some of the best birdwatching in the region. The group camping area has a large grassy field, perfect for baseball games and other athletic activities.
You think we're kidding? McGrath has several large bathrooms with showers and flush toilets. It's almost like being at home!
RV Camping at McGrath State Park
RVs are welcome, lots of level campsites, but call ahead for length restrictions. The campground has a dump station.
Come back soon! We'll be adding more beach photos!