Whether you’re coming from out of town or just need a quick overnight outdoors break, there are more places to camp around Ventura than you might imagine.
The Real Cheap Sports blog has a comprehensive list of campsites in Ventura county. They list phone numbers, locations, amenities and fees. By the way, Real Cheap Sports has an awesome assortment of Frisbees, including the only night time disc I’ve ever seen. You can check out Real Cheap Sports sales here.
My favorite camp spots from their list are:
McGrath State Beach (the sand dunes are great)
2211 Harbor Blvd. Oxnard, CA
5 miles south of Ventura, off Hwy 101 via Harbor Blvd.
174 campsites. RVs up to 45 feet. No hookups. Set between river banks and sand dunes. $25 per night. Open year round. 805-654-4744. Reservations 800-444-7275. www.parks.ca.gov
Steckel Park (All-new facilities. Tent camping, I believe, is first-come, first served)
8080 Mistletoe Road, Santa Paula, CA
First come, first served. Open year round.
RV, tent, group sites. BBQ, firepits, electrical hookups, restrooms, showers, water. Reservations two weeks out. 805-654-3951
Some camp spots not on their list:
Once a haven for hobos, this county park has been redone. Close to ghostly Char-man bridge.
11969 North Creek Road, Ojai. Hwy 33, S.E. on Hermosa Road. 654-3951
Picnic Family, Group, BBQ/Firepits
Activities Playground, Horseshoe Pits
Camping Firegrate, Showers, Laundry
Kenny Grove Park
Funky and near Fillmore. Half the park has long-term camping.
823 Oak Ave.
Fillmore CA 93015
GPS: 34.4069, -118.9467
Amenities: Bathhouse, tent sites.
While technically not in Ventura County, Point Mugu State Park has some great camping…and they have WiFi!
And if you have an RV (including a VW bus) you can always camp at WalMart in Oxnard. We tried that once for fun with the kids. Really noisy because of the parking lot sweepers. Here is a list of WalMarts that don’t allow camping.
If you have any other favorite spots to pitch your tent, let us know in comments.