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Emma Wood State Beach
North Beach Campground

Just north of Ventura, Emma Wood State Beach's North Beach Campground has 86 ocean-front campsites for self-contained RVs or trailers. No tents are permitted. The sites are dirt parking spaces along the ocean side of State Beach Access Road off Highway 101. Some of the spaces have uneven surfaces. There are no facilities other than a portable chemical toilet. Most sites have rocks already assembled into a campfire circle.

High tides during the winter months often close the campground. Reservations are available for camping dates from mid-May through Labor Day weekend. At other times the sites are first come, first served.

The size of the sites vary. In general they range from 20 feet up to 45 feet. Most are back-in sites. The state park website states that RVs are limited to 40 feet because of the small turn-around area. Peak season is from May 15 to September 15.

Emma Wood's Ventura River Group Camp has tent and RV sites for groups as large as 50 as well as Enroute RV sites and Hike and Bike sites.

Campground Fees and Reservations

McGrath State Beach

McGrath State Beach campground is currently closed due to flooding. (August 2014)
McGrath State Beach

Faria Beach Park

Faria Beach County Park, 7½ miles north of Ventura, has 42 camping sites along the coast. Some sites are suitable for either tents or RVs while others with hook-ups are intended for RVs or trailers. All campsites are first come, first served. Most are close together, although a few have a little more space.

Other facilities at the park include restrooms with flush toilets, hot showers, fire rings, and picnic tables. There is a concession stand at the park. Hook-up sites include cable TV.

Camping Fees

Hobson Beach Park

Hobson Beach County Park, 10 miles north of Ventura, has 31 camping sites along the coast. Some sites are suitable for either tents or RVs while others with hook-ups are intended for RVs or trailers. All campsites are first come, first served. Most are close together, although a few have a little more space.

Facilities at the park include restrooms with flush toilets, hot showers, and full hook-ups, including cable TV. Campsites have picnic tables and fire rings. There is also a snack stand.

Camping Fees

Hobson Camping Reservations

During the peak season there are no reservations, campsites are first come, first served. Reservations are taken for off-season camping.

Rincon Parkway Campground

The Rincon Parkway Campground stretches along the Pacific Coast Highway between Faria Beach Park and Hobson Beach Park, about 8 miles north of Ventura. The 127 camping spaces are restricted to self-contained RVs or trailers. Campsites are simply parallel parking spaces along the ocean side of the highway. Campers have great views of the ocean and the beach.

There are no other facilities at the campground other than some portable chemical toilets located at the Pay Vaults. Sites cannot be reserved; they are first come, first served only.

Fees: $28
The fee allows for 1 site with 1 RV and 1 non-recreation vehicle, up to 6 people. There is a 7 day camping limit from April through October and 14 days other times of year. Dogs must be on leash. $1 per dog, maximum of 2.

Camping down the Coast

Point Mugu State Park

Located 15 miles south of Oxnard, Point Mugu State Park has camping at its Sycamore Canyon Campground. Campsites are assigned upon arrival, even with reservations. Maximum trailer length 31 feet.

Sycamore Canyon Campground includes restrooms, hot showers, and a dump station. Showers take tokens, 2 for a dollar bill.

Thornhill Broome campground has primitive sites. There are picnic tables, fire rings, and chemical toilets.

Sycamore Canyon Campground: $45
Thornhill Broom Beach Primitive sites: $35
Hike and Bike: $10
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia:
Point Mugu State Park Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM

Inland Camping

Foster Park

Foster Park is 6 miles north of Ventura off Highway 33. The county park has two campgrounds, but one is currently closed. The open campground (Residence Campground) has sites for RVs, some with hook-ups and some without.
Foster Park

Wheeler Gorge Campground

Wheeler Gorge is a National Forest campground 25 miles north of Ventura. the campground is surrounded by mountains and is next to a stream. RVs and trailers up to 35 feet can be accommodated. Campfire programs are held during the summer.
Wheeler Gorge Campground

Middle Lion Campground

Middle Lion is a National Forest campground 21 miles north of Ojai. The campground is surrounded by chaparral covered mountains and is shaded by cottonwood trees next to a peaceful stream. There is no water at the campround. Each of the 8 campsites has a picnic table and fire ring. There are vault toilets.
Middle Lion Campground

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Camping at Lake Casitas and Lake Piru
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Lake Casitas Campgrounds

Location: On the north shore by the marina
Phone: For Information (805) 649-2233, for Reservations (805) 649-1122
Reservation Fees: $7.50
Lake Casitas Camping
Campground Facilities: Playgrounds, Showers, Restrooms
Campsites: All campsites come with Picnic Tables and Fire Rings
Campsite Fees: (The lower prices are for weekdays and off-season after Labor Day and before Easter)

Lake Piru - Olive Grove Campground

Location: 40 miles east of Ventura, 0n the west shore of Lake Piru near the marina
Information and Reservations: (805) 521-1500
Lake Piru
Campground Facilities: Hot Showers, Piped Water, Restrooms, Dump Stations, WiFi
Campsite Amenities: All campsites come with Picnic Table, Fire Ring with Grill Top

Nearby RV Campgrounds

Ventura Beach RV Resort

800 West Main Street, Ventura, CA
(805) 643-9137
Ventura Beach RV Resort
RV Sites: 144 sites with full hook-ups (30/50 amp)
WiFi, picnic table, fire ring, grass, shade
Tent Sites: 36 sites with water and electricity, 34 sites without hook-ups
Amenities: 24-hour on-site security, general store, bike rentals, pool, spa, showers, restrooms, laundry, playground, sports and games
Rates: $$

Ventura Oaks RV Park

255 Burnham Rd., Oak View, CA
(805) 649-9103
Ventura Oaks RV Park
RV Sites: 60 RV sites, WiFi, full hook-Ups
Amenities: Laundry, hot showers, restrooms, picnic area

Evergreen RV Park

2135 North Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard, CA
(805) 485-1936
Evergreen RV Park
RV Sites: 94 sites with full hook-ups (20/30/50 amp), up to 42', WiFi
Amenities: Reading room and lounge, laundry, soda machine, restrooms, hot showers, picnic area
Rates: $$

Ocean Mesa at el Capitan

100 El Capitan Terrace Lane, Santa Barbara, CA
Located across Highway 101 from El Capitan State Beach
(805) 879-5751 or (866) 410-5783
Ocean Mesa at el Capitan
20 tent camping sites
80 RV sites with full hook-ups, 50 amp
All campsites have fire rings with grills and a picnic table. WiFi, cable TV
Amenities: heated pool and spa, laundry, store, horseback riding facilities
Rates: $$ - $$$

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