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McGrath State Beach

Contact Information

(805) 968-1033

Park Hours

dawn ‘til dusk

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 30 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 34 Feet

Driving Directions to McGrath SB

The beach is 5 miles south of Ventura off Highway 101 via Harbor Boulevard.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

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 Maps:

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.

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Available Activities and Facilities at McGrath State Beach

Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Beach Area
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible