Emma Wood Group Camp is a spacious, dune-sheltered campground that's actually called the Emma Wood State Beach, Ventura River Group Camp. It's about two miles east of the smaller Emma Wood campground for individual campers.
Here's our YouTube movie of the group campground:
The campsite is just west of the Ventura river estuary, so you'll probably see lots of estuary sea birds, including Great Blue Herons. It's also next to both the freeway and the railroad tracks, so expect traffic noise plus the occasional train whistle, as Amtrak's Surfliner zips through.
Come For the Day
Emma Wood State Beach Ventura River Group Camp also has a day use area with picnic tables and barbecues, and of course the beach is just a short walk away. It's also on the nearby coastal bike path, and visitors can rent bikes just east of the campground, at several bike rental shops along Main Street.
And if you want fancier amenities, adjacent to the group camp, just east of the entrance, is the equally popular (and privately owned)
Ventura Beach RV Resort
Emma Wood State Beach, Ventura River Group Camp is just west of the Ventura River at the west end of Main Street, Ventura. Here's a picture of the entrance sign. That's the 101 Freeway in the background.
Emma Wood Group Camp requires reservations year-round, and offers developed sites for tent camping for groups of up to 30 people per group (larger groups can reserve more than one campsite). It also has primitive RV camping for groups of up to 50 people and 20 vehicles. Maximum length for RVs is 45 feet.
Each tent site is a short walk from the parking area. The group camp area also has restrooms, water, fire rings, tables and a lighted parking lot, which you can see in the YouTube movie above. There are no water hook-ups.
Surf fishing is popular at Emma Wood Group Camp, depending on what's biting, you can expect to catch perch, bass, cabezon or corbina. For a directory of fishing information along Southern California Beaches, visit our
Ocean SportFishing page.