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McGrath State Beach

off Highway 101 via Harbor Boulevard, Oxnard, CA 93036
(805) 968-1033
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Ranked #13 of 15 attractions in Oxnard
Type: Beaches
Most recent review
- Mar 3, 2014
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Bakersfield, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
42 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

Our stay was ruined by generators running all day. We have a generator, but limit it to running an hour a day so that others can enjoy the sounds of nature. We have now stayed at a couple of places where there are posted set times of 2 hour blocks three times a day which help keep the noise down.... More

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CA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Not sure there is the money to move the burm of sand that keeps closing this beach, but it has not been open consistently for the past year.

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Antelope Valley, CA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

McGrath is a nice camping site, but there was a closed sign on it as we drove by. I know it was closed back in June as well. I hear the marsh area has flooded out the campground. It is a nature area, so I guess that is to be expected. lol

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Camarillo, California
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141 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

I rarely bring food, other than wine and snacks, when I camp at McGrath State Beach. The restaurants in Ventura are so convenient and the takeout from the Vons Market on Seaward is nearby. But camping on or near the beach and the late night grunion runs always make this a good camping site.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

A nice stop if you are traveling up the coast. Pack a roll of quarters for showers. If you are not used to the coast, pack an extra tarp as wind protection. Beach Access.

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Los Angeles
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

Our group of 4 families with a total of 10 small children had a great time here. Our campsites were very close to the only walkway to the beach. The children had no problem walking it. We enjoyed the activities on Saturday for the children. Make sure to take ant killer spray, canopies (some sites have no shade), and extra... More

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tarzana ca
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

The campground is well set-out with privacy (trees), and FLAT site (eliminating need for leveling!). Nearest civilization is touristy Ventura Harbor Village, 1.5 mi (walk or drive), only fair. Beach is 1/4-mi walk, pleasant.

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Yucaipa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

We have been camping there 3 different times. Each time the trail to the beach is different. Some camp sites are really exposed to the wind and sun. Others a very private. Trails are great with lot of different birds Weather is cool in the summer, you have to dress for it.Quiet campground. We are going again this month.

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Oxnard
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

Pretty grounds but especially on a coastal fog day it is brutally cold with the wind.

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oxnard
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180 reviews 180 reviews
62 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

They close early and have a lot of grasses the your pet may not do well in. Can't really see the beach and it's near a river mouth, That will keep you out of the water after a rain. You can walk out a 100 yds. and not go waste deep.

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