McGrath State Beach


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McGrath State Beach


Location:5 miles south of Ventura off Highway 101 via Harbor Boulevard.
Facilities:Family campsites and group campsites (some sites @di), restrooms (é), showers, hiking and nature trails (é), beach (é), visitor center.
Activities:Camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, surfing, wildlife viewing.
Special Features:Beach is considered one of the best bird-watching areas in California, encompassing the riverbanks of Santa Clara River and sand dunes along the shore. A nature trail leads to the Santa Clara Estuary Natural Preserve.
Address:c/o Channel Coast District Office
911 San Pedro St
Ventura, CA 93001

Phone:805-654-4744
Web: www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=607
Size: 314 acres.

See other parks in California.
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Enjoy a four-mile hike from McGrath State Beach to McGrath Lake and try to spot some of the more than 245 bird species that make the park one of the best birdwatching areas in California.
Coleman Jones, left, and Janis Jones, volunteer camp hosts at McGrath State Beach, put new prices on the fee sign at the entry kiosk at the state park in Oxnard.
Classroom lessons on estuaries precede a visit to McGrath State Beach in Ventura to hunt for "Treasures of the Estuary.
Other parks that made it into the top ten include: Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park (Elizabethton, TN); Jekyll Island State Park (Jekyll Island, GA); McGrath State Beach (Oxnard, CA); Mason Neck State Park (Lorton, VA); Lake Warren State Park (Hampton, SC); Ponca State Park (Ponca, NE); and, Amicalola Falls State Park (Dawsonville, GA).
McGrath State Beach abuts it to the south, and you can literally walk for miles along the water's edge.
Suggested sites include the Santa Clara River Estuary and McGrath State Beach, Lake Casitas, Sycamore Canyon and Point Mugu State Park, Santa Paula Canyon and Steckel Park, Ormond and Hueneme Beaches, Camarillo Grove County Park.
McGrath State Beach is one of the best bird-watching areas in the state, with the lush riverbanks of the Santa Clara River and sand dunes along the shore.
VENTURA - Pitching camp early Friday at McGrath State Beach, Jude Dumas and Dennis Copas hung an American flag on a branch to pay homage to soldiers who died fighting for freedom.
Karen Izumoto jokes with campers at McGrath State Beach on Friday.
The testing standards are rigorous because lives are at stake, said Steve White, lifeguard supervisor for the Ventura area, which includes McGrath State Beach, Ventura State Beach, Emma Wood State Beach and, under contract, the city beach at the Ventura pier.
On the outskirts of Los Angeles, the attractions chosen for the Passport program include the McGrath State Beach in Ventura County and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which stretches from Los Angeles to the Malibu coast, crossing the Conejo Valley.
Among the sites in the region that have been included in the program are the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, McGrath State Beach in Ventura County and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which stretches from Los Angeles to the Malibu coast, crossing the Conejo Valley.