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McGrath State Beach
McGrath State Beach is closed for all camping and day-use effective Sunday August 10, 2014 at Noon until further notice. The park has closed due to flooding, which is impacting all areas of the park.
The flooding is caused by the Santa Clara River Estuary backing up behind the naturally occurring sand bar blocking the mouth of the estuary. Re-opening is dependent on the floodwaters receding.
Please Note: For the current status of this park, please call (805) 968-1033.
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. 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.
The beach is five miles south of Ventura off Highway 101 via Harbor Boulevard.
Available Activities and Facilities at McGrath State Beach
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
Exhibits and Programs
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available