McGrath State Beach

N Harbor Blvd, Oxnard
(805) 968-1033



***Due to erosion, McGrath State Beach is closed indefinetly***

Technically McGrath State Beach is in Oxnard, but it's short distance from Ventura Harbor village and natural beauty earn it a place on this page. The beach is open for day use. The Santa Clara River creates a nesting habitat and bird estuary between the campground and the beach which means access to the beach requires walking around it (approx. 0.5 miles).

But if an un-crowded beach is what you’re your looking for, you’ll find plenty of open space. The natural sand dunes and marshland estuary make for beautiful peaceful beach scenery and provides a great vantage point of the Channel Islands just off the coast. Day use allows you access to the clean restrooms in the campground.

Due to strong currents and riptides wading and swimming is not recommended. However, the fishing is good as is the surf for more experienced surfers.

If you’re plan a stay near the Ventura Harbor Village, McGrath State Beach is less expensive option with campsites costing $25.00 per night peak season and $20.00 per night off season. Reservations are highly recommended (at least 7 months for Summer). Still, you can cook your own meals and it beats the price of hotel living! Your fee also includes access to San Buenaventura State beach, where you can swim to your heart’s content.

Cost: $25.00 per night (in season). $20.00 (off-season). $8.00 day use, per vehicle. Hike-and-Bike Camping: $5.00 per person. For Reservations and camping details: Click Here. First come, first serve after October.

Getting There: From North U.S. 101, exit Victoria Ave. Turn left off the freeway and right at Olivas Park Drive. Turn left at Harbor Blvd. Campground will be on your right. From the South U.S. 101, exit Victoria, turn right. Turn right at Olivas Park Drive and follow directions above.


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