Ventura, California

Emma Wood State Beach

Ventura, California



Ventura, California
Phone: (805) 968-1033

Sites: 90
Recent Rate: $40 5/2015

Latitude: 34.2916865491489
Longitude: -119.338173866272

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping no
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-ocean Waterfront Waterfront yes-ocean
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

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28 Reviews

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nunyadamn

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed at Emma Wood a couple of times before and a couple of times in May/June (1 day each). Stayed in site 70 the first time (great spot as there is only a neighbor on one side of you and the large turn around in the front of you. We had a sea lion come right up to the wall and fall asleep for hours while we were there. We also saw dolphins swimming by. The second time, we stayed in site 85. This is a really long site. I had my 35ft travel trailer and my truck with about 6 feet behind me and 3 feet in front of me. It was fairly level for Emma Wood. The noise from the water drowns out the road noise. We have stayed at other sites in the park and you can hear the highway 101 noise more. The farther from the entrance or the closer to the entrance is the best to not hear the 101. In the middle, you will hear the road noise some (most Harley's and semi-trucks). We camped at Emma Wood State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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theSchreibers

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Pulled into Emma Woods, originally, for lack of a better option. Ended up staying eight days. Very nice. Good spacing between sites so you don't feel piled up on each other, although some of the sites aren't marked very well. All sites are gravel/dirt/sand, but ours was relatively level. Each site has its own wood burning firepit, so bring some wood. Walking/biking trails next to the park and you can hear the sound of the crashing waves day and night. Patrolled by state park rangers, which gives an added feeling of security. Beach gets rocky as the site numbers progress. Trains run by day and night, so if you're a light sleeper pack some earplugs. Gave it a 9 due to the fact that $40 a night for zero services in a state park is a little steep (even if the sites are all ocean front). Still, beautiful spot to sit, relax, drink wine and watch the dolphins swim by. We camped at Emma Wood State Beach in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Took a drive up to Solvang, CA and it was super cute. Lots to do and see (read: touristy), wineries and shopping. Nice day trip from Ventura.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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mike3245

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Like the past reviewers have said, this place needs some TLC! But if you can handle dry camping at it's most, and waves crashing close to you, then this place is good. My only complaint is that the only sites really worth it are sites 2-9. Beyond that, there are a lot of big rocks you need to climb over in order to get to the water. But this place worked for an overnight stay for us. We camped at Emma Wood State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Coley

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

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

All sites are ON the water with beautiful views. This park does need a little TLC, as the ocean is so close it has corroded the black top road. There are NO hookups at all so make sure you have a lot of fresh water on board. No dump, no water spigot, no restrooms or showers, so be prepared. I would have given it a 10 if it had hookups. There's nothing like camping on the ocean hearing the waves all day and night. We camped at Emma Wood State Beach in a Fifth Wheel.

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h3d

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Wonderful campground that could use some state's money for some TLC to bring it back to it's past glory. Besides the obvious lack of care, this place is a gem of the Ventura coast line. Lovely being just feet from the ocean, seeing dolphins in the distance, and shell collecting early morning. I actually enjoy the sound of the train passing throughout the day - it's just part of the Emma Wood experience. Definitely a repeat stay. We camped at Emma Wood State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Jerry Broomfield

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of the worst examples of the neglect of California's State Parks. No maintenance or improvements have been made in years. Sites are disintegrating are difficult to level up on. This is the closest you will ever camp to the ocean, but it is desperately in need of MONEY for repairs. We camped at Emma Wood State Beach in a Motorhome.

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SargeW

Review Count: 326
States Visited: 48
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

You can't get much closer to the ocean than this campground. I used to like this place much better, but things have "slipped" here. For instance the rules that they have posted are not enforced by anyone. Park employees do not patrol, and law enforcement is scarce. This has allowed homeless to frequent the park. One individual drove in after hours, slept in his car, defecated next to the car, and drove off and left it (restrooms are NOT available at this location). The site numbers on the pavement are nearly completely worn off, and the sites could use a little regrading. The state is clearly putting no money into this park. I won't stay here again, for the price I will pick a different beach location. We camped at Emma Wood State Beach in a Fifth Wheel.

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AV-Ed

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

This a small, narrow park. All sites are in a single row, facing the the ocean. If you are in a larger or longer rig, you may have to go all the way to the end (about one mile) to turn around. Bring plenty of leveling blocks. The back half of most of the asphalt pads have eroded away, dropping about two inches to the dirt, which also slopes down another few inches or more, the further back you go. The ocean is about thirty-five to forty feet in front of you. Conversely, the train tracks are thirty-five to forty feet behind you. The trains run daily, at full speed, about a half-dozen times a day when I was here. The last freight train of the day was around ten-thirty in the evening, everyday. A little further behind the train tracks is the 101 freeway, which seems to run downhill over the bridge, as I would often here the semi trucks using their "Jake" brakes late at night. The sites are pretty close together. When I was here, one side was empty and on the other side, I was fortunate to have two very nice "mature" ladies for company. As I was camping alone, after the recent loss of a beloved family member. This is not a sand beach. Or a place to do a lot of activities. However, near the edges of the campground, there areas to swim, body surf and stuff. The shore is nothing but rocks and boulders of various sizes. Walkable but use caution. Now, if you want tranquility, a place to chill out and relax, read, write, do nothing or contemplate whatever! This is the place!. The traffic noises and other small inconveniences aren't even noticed after the first day. The view of the ocean, the lull of the surf, the not annoying squawk of the birds, the seals and porpoises strolling on by, all make for an relaxing and memorial stay. We camped at Emma Wood State Beach in a Truck Camper.

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cholla

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

It is a beautiful part of the CA coastline. The sites are cleaned up or not by the person staying at it prior to you. If you you are uncomfortable by dumpster divers this may not be the place for you. We had someone come up to our site asking for water. I wanted to mention that upon check in the "ranger" in charge was going to charge us an additional $10.00 per night for our towed vehicle!!!! When my husband challenged him on this he backed down and said he thought the car was not connected to our RV! It is pretty obvious when a car in such close proximity to an RV is being towed and not driven in. We felt there was something fishy about this. We camped at Emma Wood State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Recycled

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice State campground right on the water. Sites are back-in or pull-in, some of the pads have deteriorated due to closeness to the ocean, making leveling a bit of a challenge. Nearby to shopping, a nice bike path and downtown Ventura. The downsides, like many beach side campgrounds in CA, its close to the 101 freeway and train tracks. Also a friendly ranger warned me to bring my generator in at night. Very busy on weekends especially during the summer. I'd advise making reservations on Reserve America. We camped at Emma Wood State Beach in a Motorhome.

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mcharland

Review Count: 149
States Visited: 49
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: January, 2012 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

I am giving this park a 10 because of the views from each site. The park has no hook-ups, no restrooms, no Wi-Fi, and park needs some maintenance. But, if you want to be close to the ocean, this park is great. We were fortunate in that the park was not full, so we had space between rigs. It could get a little crowded if all spaces are filled. We have a 40' fifth wheel and easily backed into the space. At high tide we were less than 50 feet from the ocean. Watched dolphins swim 100 yards from rig. We had planned to stay at Rincon Parkway, but our rig and truck would not fit in the parallel spaces so we ended up at Emma Wood and were very happy as these were back-in sites. We camped at Emma Wood State Beach in a Fifth Wheel.

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cat's meow

Review Count: 63
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $28.00
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One cannot get closer to the sea than this campground. There are no services so come prepared. What a wonderful place to camp with the sea, surfers, Channel Islands and the sound of the surf. We camped at Emma Wood State Beach in a Motorhome.

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rvmike

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2010 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

The Pros: Awesome beach front camping, beautiful views. Not much traffic, campers only. The Cons: Spaces are small and people park any direction they want. Some people park on the right, some on the left, so you end up with motorhomes 6 inches away in some cases. Also they seem to let rigs in that are really too big. They squeeze in but it is very tight. Neighbor's fire was about 5 ft from my rig. We camped at Emma Wood State Beach in a Motorhome.

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User1132

Review Count: 49
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Absolutely no services whatsoever other than trash dumpsters, so make sure your water tank is full and your grey and black are empty if you'll be staying a while. You can't get any closer to the beach then this. They actually have to close this park at times with high water levels. I never slept so well with the sound of the waves crashing all night, very soothing. No enforcement of the dogs must be on leash or no dogs on the beach rule. Great place to swim, surf, surf fish or just sit and stare at the water. We camped at Emma Wood State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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golferpatsy

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

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

If you want to be close to the ocean, this is the campsite. You are just feet from the water at high tide. Dry camping only with no facilities at all - not even water. Sites are very small. Just enough room to park our motorhome with a small area for eating outside. Very noisy with the trains rumbling by and the highway above you but the crashing of the waves drowns out most of that. Very close to Ventura and we biked into town each day on the bike trail which ran just above the site. We camped at Emma Wood State Beach in a Motorhome.

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