7.3 Good
     
Ventura, California

Emma Wood State Beach

Ventura, California



Ventura, California
Phone: (805) 968-1033

Sites: 90
Recent Rate: $30 2/2016

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 yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) no
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
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 yes
  • T-Mobile Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers T-Mobile
  • 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 yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-ocean Waterfront Waterfront yes-ocean
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals yes
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball yes
  • Sports Field Sports Field yes
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment yes
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean yes
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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30 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

For self-contained RVs only. No facilities. Dogs not allowed on beach but not endorsed (too bad). Sleep to the sound of the surf. We camped at Emma Wood State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 8
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Emma Wood Campground for Ventura Raceway accommodations.

We always stay at Emma Wood State Beach Campground during our Senior Sprints, Dwarf Cars, Hobby Stocks, Focus Midgets, Sport Compacts, and Mod Lites fall racing excursion to Ventura Raceway, over at Ventura County Fairgrounds, California.

So peaceful and quiet at Emma Wood Campground, after a long day at our VRA races. Always good folks there too. See the Pacific Ocean's old WWII artillery ruins (bath), and relax at The Denkes Fire Pit at night. Come have a cold one with the boys! We camped at Emma Wood State Beach in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
70 and 85
Site Surface
Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 3

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

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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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 8
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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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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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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Review Count: 334
States Visited: 48
Helpful Reviews: 26

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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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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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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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

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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Review Count: 152
States Visited: 49
Helpful Reviews: 19

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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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 2

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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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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