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McGrath State Beach

off Highway 101 via Harbor Boulevard, Oxnard, CA 93036
(805) 968-1033
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Ranked #17 of 18 Attractions in Oxnard
Type: Beaches
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Ventura, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The place now closed to the public due to flooding caused by the Ventura Water Department dumping 6.7 million gallons of treated water into the estuary daily.

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Oxnard, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

McGrath State park has been closed for years due to high waves that came in and now looks like save some type of animal in there so there is no progress on the campground.

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Los Angeles, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Safe family beach. Lots' of beginner waves if you want to try surfing. The bay view is pretty with the Santa Monica Mountains setting the backdrop.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We had a great time. Our camp host was very hospital. We are up past 10pm with a gruop of over 20 people and weren't never

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Ventura, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We have been going to this spot for 10 years to camp...but now they have new unprofessional volunteers, who like to call the police on everyone. We left a bag of trash at our spot, while at the beach, and animals got to it...they called the State Rangers!!! We were watching kids dvd movie after 10 in tent...they called the... More

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Inland Empire
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We go to Ventura/Santa Barbara at least 1/2 dozen times a year, and ALWAYS stop at McGrath. We bike, picnic, hike, and sit near the dunes to watch the waves, birds, and people. Even when windy it is beautiful. I have been uncomfortably cold on a blustery day, but have NEVER seen it "brutally cold". The scenery and peacefulness outweighs... More

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Ventura, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

As of April 11, Mcgrath has re-opened, partially and maybe temporarily. Weekends only until after Memorial day. They will look at the park again to determine weather to open 7 days a week or weekends only. If you are into real style camping, Mcgrath is your park, It has become a bird sanctuary, a great surf fishing spot and peaceful....Open... More

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Bakersfield, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
50 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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