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.

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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.
Classroom lessons on estuaries precede a visit to McGrath State Beach in Ventura to hunt for "Treasures of the Estuary." During this morning-long education program offered by California Department of Parks and Recreation, small teams of students roam the wetland, gathering clues at a variety of learning stations in an attempt to find the "treasure." The learning stations include a mock "travel agency" that tracks the migrating patterns of birds that regularly visit the estuary, the estuary "kitchen" where student-chefs mix up a pungent batch of estuary soup, and the uplands, where, at the touch of the Magic Crayfish Claw, students are transformed into raccoons foraging at night for food.
* McGrath State Beach: "The Treasures of the Estuary" program