McGrath State Beach

UPDATE (May 1, 2020): This beach continues to be temporarily closed to vehicular access, meaning there are no parking facilities and parking on roadways is prohibited to protect public health from the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the beach is open to local residents, they must abide by the following guidelines:

  • Stay Local: Walk or bike into the beach. Do not drive to the beach.
  • Keep It Moving: Keep walking, jogging, surfing, swimming, etc. No sitting. No sunbathing.
  • Leave It at Home: No coolers, umbrellas, shade tents, barbecues or chairs.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and beach parties are not allowed. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people at the beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/ sanitizer and pack out all trash.

Statewide, many parks and beaches are temporarily closed or have very limited access to ensure Californians are abiding and practicing physical distancing. The goals are to make sure people are safe and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible. To view the list of closures and what they mean to the public, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(805) 585-1850

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 30 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 34 Feet

Park Hours

7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
Dogs allowed in campground and day-use area. Dogs not allowed on beach.

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.

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Family Campsites
Group Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
RV Access
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Guided Tours
Beach Area
Swimming
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible

Workshop flyer

Due to flooding, as of 7/10/2019, McGrath State Beach is closed until further notice.

The park will reopen when flood waters recede and cleanup/repairs have been done.

We apologize for any inconvienence.

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. 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.