When visiting McGrath State Beach to enjoy a weekend of camping, expect to see some birds. This is a popular two-mile long coastal campsite in California for bird-watchers and enthusiasts. Sand dunes and lush riverbanks adorn the shore edge.
Wading and swimming are not always allowed because of strong currents and riptides. Fishing is common and there are campsites by the beach for those who like to enhance their experience by camping close to the beach.
McGrath State Beach and Campground also includes amenities like drinking water, outdoor showers, a restroom and showers and is wheelchair accessible. Visitors can reserve campsites six months in advance.
The campground does tend to flood, however, so it’s always best to call and make sure they’re operating before you make the trip to visit. It’s had a host of flooding issues since 2013.
According to visitors this is the place to camp if you want a true outdoor experience. In other words, there will be bugs! You can have up to 8 people at one campsite and you do pay for each vehicle so carpooling is always a great idea.
In addition to bird-watching it’s also a great place to watch the sun set. No doubt some memories could be made here whether with friends or family. Your family dog can come along too but will need to remain on a leash and either in a closed vehicle or tent during the night.
It’s also advised that campers remember a few things: you will want to have shower sandals, you will need quarters for hot water, and keep your food protected from seagulls.
If you don’t want to camp then you won’t be able to use the parking here. You will want to park at a nearby place like the Mandalay State Beach and walk north or at Surfer’s Knoll Beach and then walk south.
If you enjoy hiking and biking you can also camp at the McGrath State Beach and Campground. The fee is also less at just $10 for a hike and bike site.
Start out on a bike ride along the Pacific Coast Bicycle route but be warned, you won’t find any specific biking trails but it’s still an avid riding spot for bike enthusiasts who enjoy camping. Hikers can expect a leisure stroll or a more intense experience if they so choose.
Hikers can head towards the Santa Clara bird-watcher estuary by following the nature trail. For longer hikes it’s recommended that you reference the McGrath Beach Trail to come up with a guide to follow.
Regardless of whether you’re local or visiting Oxnard, California, enjoy a night of camping by the beach at the McGrath State Beach and Campground. Enjoy a beautiful sunset and don’t forget to roast some marshmallows on the campfire!
McGrath State Beach and Campground
Oxnard, CA 93036