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Divisions of Boating and Waterways, Historic Preservation and Off-Highway Vehicles

News Release

For Immediate Release: 8/8/2014

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McGrath State Beach to close due to flooding

Tyson Butzke
(805) 331-8014


OXNARD, Calif. – McGrath State Beach will be closing for all camping and day-use effective Sunday August 10, 2014 at Noon until further notice. The park will be closing 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.

The park is open for first-come, first-serve camping until the closure date on Sunday. Some camping sites have already been closed. The remaining sites not yet affected by the floodwaters will be "dry" campsites (no hookups available), and will be limited to a maximum of two vehicles per campsite. A tow vehicle and a trailer will be counted as two vehicles. The maximum occupancy of each site will be eight people.

Re-opening is dependent on the floodwaters receding.



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