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Attention: McGrath is available on a limited basis for first-come first-served camping from April 11 - 21, and then first-come first-serve on weekends (Fridays - Saturdays) through May 26. Due to limited availability, each person may only purchase one site. Maximum of two vehicles per campsite. Restroom facilities include hot water showers. Fresh water spigots will be available. Refunds will not be given for these campsites.




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.

Services & 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
Alerts and Important Information
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 assessed a per night fee at the park.
  • A maximum of three vehicles (including towed vehicles) are allowed per campsite.
  • 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