Attention: McGrath is currently closed due to flooding. It will reopen when the floodwaters recede, and necessary repairs are completed.


Season for Peak Fees: 03/01 to 11/30 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. More than 200,000 species of birds can be found in the area. A nature trail leads to...

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Discount Pass must be presented at the time of check in.
Your DMV Disabled Placard/License Plate does not automatically give you a discount on your campsite. You will need to obtain a CA State park-issued Disabled Discount Pass (DDP) or Distinguished Veterans Pass (DVP).

  • Rodent Warning
    Park visitors are advised the park is experiencing an increase in the rodent population such as ground squirrels this year. Ground squirrels can damage property and equipment. While we strive to control rodent populations at this campground park visitors who occupy campsites must take precaution to protect their food and equipment. California State Parks is not responsible for damage to personal property.

  • Beach access at McGrath State Beach is limited from the campground due to flooding and nesting habitat protection. There is no easy access. To get to the beach, campers will have to walk approximately 0.5 mile or more to get around the inland lagoon.

  • Fees include entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer, additional vehicles will be charged per night at the park. Although your site may hold 2 or more vehicles, your reservation only covers 1 vehicle (except for group or specialty sites).
  • A maximum of three vehicles (including towed vehicles) are allowed per campsite.
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    ** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
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    Season for Peak Fees: 03/01 to 11/30

    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. More than 200,000 species of birds can be found in the area. 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.

    Check the State Parks website for additional information on the weather, suggested day hikes, or to see the park brochure, campground map, park photos, video, and more. Information available will vary from park to park.Click here

    Park Kiosk Hours:

    • Hi Season: 8am-10pm
    • Lo Season: Varies

    Park Gate Hours: 8am-10pm YEAR Round - No access after closure.

    Booking Window
    Thu Oct 23 2014 - Thu Apr 30 2015

    Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 7 Month(s) in advance.

    New dates are released in blocks, 1 Month(s) at a time.

    The next on-sale is Sat Nov 01 2014

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Sat Mar 01 2014 Sun Nov 30 2014
    Non Peak Mon Dec 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
    Non Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Sat Feb 28 2015
    Peak Sun Mar 01 2015 Mon Nov 30 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • ADA Access
    • Boating
    • Comfort Station
    • Fire Rings
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Iron Ranger
    • Nature Trails
    • Parking
    • Ranger Station
    • Restrooms
    • Showers
    • Swimming
    • Telephone
    • Visitors Center
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    Featured Attractions

    Sports and Recreations

    Olivas Links Golf Course

    Now open, the newest golf course in Southern California pleases your eyes, offering a natural golf experience unique to Ventura County. The rustic tranquility of Olivas Links transports players to a place where the competition is between man and nature. Olivas Links showcases views of the Ventura Harbor, Ventura hillside, and the Channel Islands. Owned by the City of Ventura, Olivas Links provides golfers with the opportunity to play in a temperate climate with coastal beauty.
    3750 Olivas Park Dr, Ventura, CA, 93001
    Distance*: 1.11 miles

    Sports and Recreations

    Buenaventura Golf Course

    After a $6.5 million dollar renovation, including complete re-routing of the golf course and new playing surfaces, Buenaventura Golf Course opened in March of 2005. With large bent grass greens, coupled with emerald green rye grass fairways, Buenaventura is one of the finest municipal courses in the Southland. With subtle undulations and contours, all the greens have been re-sculpted using classic Bell designs.
    5882 Olivas Park Dr, Ventura, CA, 93003
    Distance*: 3.08 miles

    Sports and Recreations

    Saticoy Regional Golf Course

    This course was built on flat terrain, so it is real easy to walk. There are no water hazards, but many trees do line the fairways. The signature hole is #7 because it features a ninety-degree dogleg left fairway. There are additional tees that can be used when playing an eighteen hole round.
    1025 S Wells Rd, Ventura, CA, 93004
    Distance*: 7.43 miles

    Sports and Recreations

    Sterling Hills Golf Club

    Designed by Robert Muir Graves and Damian Pascuzzo, Sterling Hills takes advantage of the strong natural features of the area with sculpting of the course mirroring the beautiful topography. Aside from its course design, every effort is made to provide a level of service and personal attention that can be found only at the most exclusive clubs. At Sterling Hills, we strive for superior course conditions.
    901 Sterling Hills Dr, Camarillo, CA, 93010
    Distance*: 9.71 miles

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    Mountain View Golf Course

    Mountain View, located in historic Santa Paula, California, the "Citrus Capital of the World" is a scenic and challenging 18-hole par 70 golf course. Nestled between the tranquil Topa Topa/Santa Paula Mountains and the massively rugged cliffs of the South Mountain range, Mountain View is located midway between Ojai and Ventura, just 12 miles east of the Pacific Ocean.
    16799 S Mountain Rd, Santa Paula, CA, 93060
    Distance*: 13.6 miles

    Sports and Recreations

    Moorpark Country Club

    Designed by Jacobsen/Hardy Golf Design, Moorpark Country Club is an incredible 27-hole championship course that meanders through canyons, arroyos, along creeks, and ridgelines. With the surrounding valleys, the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands in the background, the views are breathtaking.
    11800 Championship Dr, Moorpark, CA, 93021
    Distance*: 21.03 miles

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    Tierra Rejada Golf Club

    Tierra Rejada Golf Club is a public golf course, located in Moorpark, California. Set in the foothills of eastern Ventura County, nationally renowned architect Robert E. Cupp, created this par 72 masterpiece of playability and scenic beauty.
    15187 Tierra Rejada Rd, Moorpark, CA, 93021
    Distance*: 23.81 miles
    *All Distances shown are as-the-crow-flies (measured as a straight line between two points). See Driving Directions for approximate driving distances.
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    Getting There
    The beach is five miles south of Ventura off Highway 101 via Harbor Boulevard.
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    2211 HARBOR BLVD.
    OXNARD  CA  93030

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (805)968-1033

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