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McGrath State Beach
McGrath State Beach is currently open for camping and day use. Any changes in operations due to the Thomas Fire will be updated on this website.
McGrath State Beach is not a recognized evacuation shelter location for victims of the Thomas Fire and does not have the necessary resources to assist with the needs and necessities of evacuees. Shelter locations for fire evacuees are located at:
City of Ventura – Ventura County Fairgrounds at Miners Building (Red Cross) Includes an animal shelter for all types of animals. 1- W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura 93001
City of Ojai – Nordhoff High School (Red Cross) – 1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai
City of Oxnard – Oxnard College gymnasium (Red Cross), 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard
City of Santa Paula – Santa Paula Community Center (City of Santa Paula-run shelter), 530 W. Main St., Santa Paula
City of Fillmore – Veteran’s Memorial Bldg. (City of Fillmore-run shelter), 511 2nd Street, Fillmore
UC Santa Barbara Multi-Activity Center, 516 Ocean Road, Goleta
Updated information on the Thomas Fire can be found at:
CalFire Thomas Fire Evacuation Maps
Most Recent Evacuation Map:
McGrath State Beach is currently open for camping on a limited site, first come first serve basis. Section one of McGrath is the only section currenlty open on a limited site basis. McGrath may close at any time when flood waters disrupt entry.
Currently there is no day use parking availble for McGrath State Beach
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