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Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay:
April, 2018 -
This park re-opened on Easter 2018 and is a good choice in the Ventura area. Camp host told me it will stay open until the next time the adjacent river floods, which probably won't be until late fall 2018, if it happens. The campground is a bit run down (California budget issues), but has a nice layout, has older but functional bathrooms with hot showers (signs say you need quarters but you don't), and is quiet at night (trains are a long way off unlike other places in Ventura where they are right next to you all night long). No dump station or hookups. Beautiful empty beach is a short walk over the dunes. No day use allowed - only campers, so you have a gorgeous stretch of California beach almost to yourself. Saw several big rigs at some sites. Strong Verizon signal. Kiosk is open 8-6 with self-register after 6. Gate gets locked 10pm-8 am; you can drive out any time, but can't get back in after 10pm. I arrived on a Friday just as the kiosk was closing and there were lots of sites available as many people mistakenly think this park is still closed. Paid $35 a night for my RV which is a great deal in California to be this close to the beach. Extra vehicle fee is $10. We camped at McGrath State Beach in a Motorhome.
Lure Fish House nearby in Ventura proper has excellent seafood and atmosphere. There is a great paved bike path (old train track) from Ventura to charming town of Ojai - 15 miles each way, fairly flat easy ride, starts at end of Rex Sreet in Ventura (about 5 miles from McGrath SP).