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Reservation Status: Required for Group Site Only Family campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Ocean view at Emma Wood State Beach
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Ocean view at Emma Wood State Beach
Description - Moderate ocean temperature at Emma Wood State Beach makes the area a great place for swimming, surfing and fishing. Catches include perch, bass, cabezon and corbina.

Attractions - Moderate ocean temperature at Emma Wood State Beach makes the area a great place for swimming, surfing and fishing. Catches include perch, bass, cabezon and corbina. A freshwater marsh at the southwest end of the beach attracts raccoons, songbirds and red-tailed hawks. The beach also features the crumbling ruins of a World War II coastal artillery site.

Recreation - There is a grassy area for groups and a campground for hikers and bikers. The beach offers a view of Anacapa Island - and occasional dolphins. Camping Information - South End: 4 developed group camps - 1 undeveloped group camp - 1 hike and bike camp. North End: Primitive family sites - no restrooms or showers. Please contact the park directly for detailed camping availability

Climate - Climate in the Central Coast varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.

Location - The beach is two miles west of Ventura. North Beach is reached via Highway 101. The group camps entrance is at the west end of Main Street in Ventura.

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Filed By: Jan & Jan Laffoon, Hampton too (Ventura, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We often stayed at Emma Wood; space #28 (if you could get it first!) during the years 1999 thru 2000. My husband Jan was the camp host for awhile. Everyone knew our darling, sweet puppy, KILLER HAMPTON. Good place for groups to meet. You can watch the Dolphins in the mornings. Surf would come right up to our Motorhome door washing out our Welcome Mat. Seems to have repeat Campers who enjoyed down to earth, go with the flow, helpful to new Campers. Beautiful Ocean Scenery. Love the Trains that came by daily and zero noice from the freeway to bother anyone because of the sound of the surf. It is Rustic camping for the Rustic and Adventurous. I miss those who we met while living the Motorhome Life. So HI to all of you who recognize this post. SAD BUT TRUE: Jan Michael Laffoon passed on January 29, 2001 in Lewisville, TX. I would love to hear from all our encounters if for just to share the good times. Trying to obtain another Motorhome to be able to get our Spot #28 and reminisce. You may remember Jan by his flying the Scull and Cross Bones on a tall pole for the train engineers to see and toote their horn for friendship. This Camp Ground is NOT for the uptight, better than thou attitude ellitist. Have Fun!!!!

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: We stayed in the group campground area. This campground has not been maintained. The grass is dead, there were not enough trash cans, and the bathrooms were not very clean. The sites are sandwiched between Highway 101 and the train tracks. We left after one night.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Restrooms at the campground are probably considered a health hazard by EPA. The smell was unbelievable. The floors were filthy with sewage. Only three of the six toilets were open. The bike path to PCH is a nice challenge and connects to trails into Ventura and to Ventura County Fairgrounds which is enough to keep me busy. There is also a nice dirt bike path "loop" that takes you through the wilderness and to some lagoon. Beach access not a plus. Have to walk along bike path, cross railroad tracks, and climb down rocks. About 1/4 to 1/2 mile away from group camp. The beach was ok, but high tide pretty much takes over the entire beach area. Nice waves. Campground is also right next to the 101 Freeway and right next to Ventura so you won't get that wilderness feeling (which was fine by me). There were two things that I really liked about this site 1. the bike paths kept me busy (otherwise I would be bored out of my mind), 2. the proximity to my home. I went home on day 2 to take a shower.

Filed By: Jeremy (Ventura, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Great place to camp, a nice beach. The biggest downfall to this park is its sort of a part park I guess. The night we stayed there a group was up until 1am and the police had to come and break it up. I'd recommend it if it weren't for that problem.

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ICON Camping Family campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Contact Information:
Channel Coast District Headquaters, 1933 Cliff Drive, Suite 27 , Santa Barbara, CA, 93109, Phone: 805-899-1400, Fax: 805-899-1415

Additional Information:
California Beaches -
Central Coast State Parks and Beaches - The Central Coast Region, located between Los Angeles and San Francisco, features the Big Sur Coast and Hearst Castle as well as numerous state park sites.

California State Parks - Official agency website.
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