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Camping in Coastal Ventura County
by Bob Carter

There's a quiet, secret-like area along California's central coast that's undiscovered by many travelers. It's an ideal location for anyone who likes the slow life and dreams of opportunities to visit farmers' markets, stroll along shoreline tidepools, watch whales, bald eagles, and dolphins, or sample some of nature's top-notch outdoor recreation.

Travelers who enjoy camping in tents, tent trailers, trailers, or motor homes will find a wide selection of facilities in the Ventura County area. Since the variety of offerings is diverse, it's wise to call ahead regarding campground details and reservations. For information regarding these and other nearby campgrounds, travelers should consult one of the visitor centers listed below or check directories published by Woodall Publishing, Trailer Life, Wheelers RV Resort and Campground Guide, Where to Stay & What To Do. These directories are available in bookstores, camping stores, or directly from the publisher.

Emma Wood State Beach Campground (near Ventura). 61 sites for tents and recreational vehicles. Amenities: chemical toilets, adjacent to Pacific Ocean (805-654-4610).

Evergreen RV Park (in Oxnard). 41 sites for recreational vehicles. Amenities: laundry, day room, hookups (805-485-1936).

Faria County Campground (near Ventura). 42 primitive sites for tents and recreational vehicles. Amenities: fire rings, adjacent to Pacific Ocean (805-654-3951).

Foster Park County Campground (between Ventura & Ojai). 28 primitive sites for tents and recreational vehicles. Amenities: barbeques, fire rings (805-654-3951).

Hobson County Campground (near Ventura). 31 primitive sites for tents and recreational vehicles. Amenities: fire rings, adjacent to Pacific Ocean (805-654-3951).

Lake Casitas Recreation Area (between Ventura & Ojai). 480 sites for tents and recreational vehicles. Amenities: fire rings, picnic tables, playground, boat rentals, some hookup sites. (805-649-2233).

Lake Piru Recreation Area (between Fillmore & Los Angeles). 247 sites for tents and recreational vehicles. Amenities: fire rings, picnic tables, boat ramp, some hookup sites (805-521-1500).

Mountain View RV Park (in Santa Paula). 31 sites for recreational vehicles. Amenities: swim spa, hookup sites (805-933-1942).

McGrath State Beach Campground (in Oxnard). 174 sites for tents and recreational vehicles. Amenities: fire rings, picnic tables, near beach and Pacific Ocean (805-654-4610).

Oak Park Campground (near Moorpark). 55 sites for tents and recreational vehicles. Amenities: barbeques, fire rings, picnic tables, some hookup sites (805-527-6886).

Point Mugu State Park and Beach Campgrounds (Big Sycamore Canyon/Thornhill Broome Beach) (between Malibu & Oxnard). 132 sites for tents and recreational vehicles. Amenities: picnic tables, near to beach and Pacific Ocean (818-880-0350)

Rincon County Campground (near Ventura). 112 sites for recreational vehicles. Amenities: chemical toilets, adjacent to Pacific Ocean (805-654-3951).

Steckel Park Campground (near Santa Paula). 75 sites for tents and recreational vehicles. Amenities: fire rings, picnic tables, playground, some hookup sites (805-933-3200).

For further destination and camping information contact: (1) Greater Oxnard & Harbors Tourism Bureau, 200 West Seventh Street, Oxnard, CA 93030, 805-385-7545 or 800-2-OXNARD; (2) Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau, 89-C South California Street, Ventura, CA 93001, 805-648-2075 or 800-333-2989 and (3) Channel Islands Harbor Visitor Center, 3810 West Channel Islands Blvd., Suite G, Oxnard, CA 93035, 805-985-4852, or 800-994-4852.

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