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McGrath State Beach
Driving Directions to McGrath SB
Camping and Lodging
Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.Online Reservations
Brochures and Campground Maps
Upcoming Park Events
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McGrath State Beach is closed for all camping and day-use effective Sunday August 10, 2014 at Noon until further notice. The park has closed 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. Re-opening is dependent on the floodwaters receding.
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.