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McGrath State Beach
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