Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties Beach and Lake Attractions
Visitors exploring the Santa Barbara and Ventura counties coast will discover many wonderful attractions Campers at Emma Wood State Beach Campground are right on the edge of the sand with great ocean views. All up and down the coast are interesting places to stop.
Hike along self-guided nature trail on El Capitan Point or the Bill Wallace Trail leading up El Capitan Creek.
Enjoy swimming, surfing, and fishing at Emma Wood State Beach.
Head out wildlife viewing along the Ventura River estuary.
Surf the point at El Capitan Beach, Mondos, or Rincon Point.
Spend the afternoon kiteboarding at Leadbetter Beach.
Experience excellent pier fishing off the Gaviota Pier.
Take to the air hang gliding at Douglas Preserve near Arroyo Burro Beach.
View the Harbor Seals near Carpinteria Beach.
Watch some exciting and competitive beach volleyball at East Beach.
Kayak along the Santa Barbara coast.
Explore Channel Islands Harbor where you can rent a boat or take a cruise out to the Channel Islands.
Visit the Flight 261 Memorial Sundial at Hueneme Beach.
Key Emma Wood State Beach Campground Regulations
Quiet Hours run from 10 PM to 6 AM.
Generator operation hours are from 10 AM. to 8 PM, as needed.
Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and under adult supervision at all times. Dogs must be confined to a vehicle or tent at night.
Self-Contained RV Camping
All vehicles must be completely self-contained (built into the unit at time of construction); including kitchen and toilet facilities. Gray water (sink and shower) and Black water (human waste - septic tank) must be contained and disposed of at an authorized dump station. Vehicles that are not self-contained will not be allowed to enter the park for camping purposes.
Emma Wood State Beach Campground includes North Beach Campground off Highway 101 in Ventura. The North Beach Campground features oceanfront sites along State Beach Access Road. Camping is limited to self-contained RVs or trailers. There are few amenities other than portable toilets and rocks formed into campfire circles, but the views are spectacular - unobstructed oceanfront camping. The North Beach Campground has 86 sites in two areas along the beach. Railroad tracks pass behind the campground, but most visitors don't mind the occasional train.
Attractions near Emma Wood State Beach Campground:
Enjoy the beach for swimming, sun bathing, and surfing. Set out on local hiking trails. Try your luck at surf fishing. Hike the Ocean's Edge Trail and the Emma Wood River Trail. Visit WWII Coastal Artillery Guns remnants. Cycle along the Ventura to Ojai Bike Trail. Tour nearby Mission San Buenaventura. Run along the sand at San Buenaventura Beach.
North Beach Campground - Emma Wood State Beach Campground
Ventura River Group Campground
The Ventura River Group Campground has four group tent sites. Each site can accommodate between 9 and 30 people along with 5 vehicles. These are walk-in sites, although the walk is short. Amenities include campfire rings, tables, piped water, restrooms, and cold water showers. There is also a Group RV Site which can hold up to 20 self-contained RVs or trailers. This site can accommodate up to 50 people. Reservations are required for these sites.
Group Site Fees: $130 per night
RV Group Site Fee: $360 per night
Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Ventura River Group Campsite Reservations
ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips
California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.