McGrath SB

State Beach

McGrath State Beach will remain open and will have at least 40 first come first served sites available at 9AM on Friday May 23rd. The park will close to camping on Monday May 26th at 5pm. The park will be open again for camping on Friday May 31st- Sunday June 1st.
Beginning June 6th McGrath State Beach will open for camping 7 days per week.
Day use parking will not be available due to flooding.

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.

Our cooperative association supports educational programs and projects in our parks.  Please visit their website.

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    dawn ‘til dusk

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (805) 968-1033

  • Region

    Central Coast



  • Max Camper Length:

    34 Feet

    Max Trailer Length

    30 Feet

  • Purchase Annual Passes



Operating Hours

dawn ‘til dusk