6.6 Good

McGrath State Beach

Oxnard, California

2211 N Harbor Blvd
Oxnard, California 93036
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 173
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 34.22682
Longitude: -119.25641

Elevation: 14' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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8 Reviews

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

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.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

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).

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2009
Overall Rating:

As of October 20, 2009, this park is closed for camping except on weekends. Call (805) 968-1033 for the current schedule. We camped at McGrath State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This is one of our favorite campgrounds. Most of the sites are very spacious with lots of shade. The beach is close by and is a nice beach. There are some great trails for hiking. The people tend to be very friendly. The only drawback of this campground is that it doesn't have any hookups, but it does have a dump station and many spigots throughout the park. We camped at McGrath State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2009 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This was one of our favorite campgrounds on a trip up the California coast. The sites were spacious and clean and though we didn't have a view of the ocean because of the dunes, we could hear the surf. The personnel were friendly and helpful. Our only complaint was that they did not enforce the generator rules. We camped at McGrath State Beach in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2008 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

For what it is (state park), this was OK. This park had availability when all the beach-parks were sold out. We were a bit disappointed about how far away the beach is -- my husband estimates 4 football fields of walking. The Sand Dunes aren't clean; several littered items and evidence of last night's parties along the way. Surprisingly the beach / ocean were very nice, and the sand so clean. Down the beach is some kind of refinery, and you can smell it. There were plenty of sites available, the area is all flat (i.e. should have brought bikes). There is a communal sink for dishes, etc. but don't look up if you don't like spiders. The restrooms/showers are pretty clean but it's a state park - wear your flip flops. Ditto on the spiders. Don't use the picnic tables unless you like red ants (bring your own fold up table). The squirrels kept the kids entertained. Many tent-campers and families there. Park rangers very nice and helpful. Nearby there's a good shopping center with a Vons, etc. We spent next day in Santa Barbara, 25 miles north. This was a good 1st-2nd night of the trip and we would stay here again but only for 1 night. We camped at McGrath State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2008 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

I like Mcgrath. It is definitely a State Park, but it is usually easy to get reservations, unlike the other So Cal beach CGs, so we can make plans at the last moment. We have a tent trailer, so it fits, but I have seen much larger rigs in them. Some sites are surrounded by bushes, but others are more open (and less private). The beach is not really a swimming beach, but there are marsh areas for bird watching, etc. We camped at McGrath State Beach in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2007 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We arrived here on a Saturday at 3:00 and were told there were only 3 sites left. Here is a map with the 3 sites circled, come back after you pick. The rangers were not very friendly. The first site was 105 it had standing water by the fire pit and picnic table, but was a large site. The second was 74 we could not fit and it had huge overhanging trees (nice for tenters). We ended up with site 60. It was a small site, but at least our 30ft TT with slide fit. It is a really long walk to the beach and it is not really for swimming. But a short drive will take you to a nice swimming beach. They did have activities for the kids, Junior Rangers and talks on nature. The night we were here, the talk was on bats. They actually had a live one to show the kids. We would stay here again, but only if Point Mugu was full. We camped at McGrath State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2006 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Typical California State Park - park is laid out in circular loops, some bordered by shrubs that back to grassy areas perfect for tents or playing around. Not a good place for large rigs, our 33' TT would have been tight in many of them. The beach is a looooong walk - not the best for swimming due to high surf, no lifeguards etc. This park is very close to the Ventura Harbor for shopping, whale watching tours, and the Visitor Center for Channel Island Nat'l park. No hookups but dump station in the park. Good for a weekend visit, but not too much to do at the park itself. We camped at McGrath State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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