Emma Wood State Beach Campout
Monday, March 30 through Thursday, April 2, 2020
Emma Wood State Beach campground is two miles west of Ventura. North Beach is reached via Highway 101. see map State Park phone number: (805) 585-1850.
Sites are $30 per night during our campout. Sites at Emma Wood State Beach are first-come first-serve from labor day till mid May. To ensure there's plenty of sites for you to reserve I will get there a day early and communicate with you about availability of spots. There should be no problem and you getting a spot since we're going to be there Monday night through Thursday. Brian Davis 760-333-6842.
The campground is a long, approximately one-mile side road down the frontage of the beach with 90 campsites all facing the water. Your RV will be about 30 feet from the surf. As a group we will be there three nights Monday night March 30 through Wednesday night, and departing Thursday April 2.
Moderate temperatures help make Emma Wood State Beach popular for swimming, surfing and fishing. Catches include perch, bass, cabezon and corbina. The Ventura River estuary is at the mouth of the Ventura River at the southeast end of the park. It attracts a variety of wildlife including raccoons, songbirds and great blue herons. Dolphins are occasionally seen just offshore. The park also features the crumbling ruins of a World War II coastal artillery site. The offshore Channel Islands can be seen from the beach.
Emma Wood State Beach offers primitive camping for fully self-contained vehicles ONLY. Tents are not permitted. No water, restrooms, electricity, fire rings, or phones or dump station are available. There are 90 campsites, which are not level and may contain a mixture of asphalt, dirt, cobble and ocean debris. Maximum vehicle length is 40 feet, due to small turnaround areas. We will try to congregate between sites 5 through 17. If not, then sites 25 and 55.
High tides may close the campground at any time. Railroad tracks and Highway 101 are adjacent to the campground which can be noisy.
Leashed dogs are permitted in the campground only, and are prohibited on the beach. Please bring one bundle of firewood to use at the evening campfires. Feel free to contribute to the evening tea with side dishes you would like to bring.
Average temperature for Ventura: March 65° / 50°; April 67° / 51°; Average rainfall 1 to 2 days a month.
Payments: We accept the following credit cards: MC, VISA, Discover or Amex.
Refunds: Cancellation for a refund must be received by March 24, 2020. All cancellations must be sent to the Trip Leader.
Prices are based upon each person going being a GO Chapter paid member (day use does not require a GO membership). You can join - click here - and then register for this campout. Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.
Event leaders Brian Davis 760-333-6842 email and Scott Connelly
Itinerary (subject to change)
Monday March 30
2 p.m. Check in begins
4 p.m. Meet and greet, lite appetizers, tea. Campfire begins. See who is interested in carpooling for Tuesday events.
Tuesday March 31
8 a.m. Coffee danishes pastries
Meet for carpooling to Marina Park and the Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center at Channel Islands National Park.
Options for activities: Kayak rentals are available from Channel Island Kayak Center (805) 984-5995. Rental kayaks must be arranged at least a day ahead of your departure date.
9 a.m. Ventura to Prisoners Harbor Mar 31: Departs: Ventura 9:00 AM, Arrives: Mid Santa Cruz (Prisoners) 11:00 AM; Day Fares: Adult (13-54) $29.50, Senior (55 and up) $27.00
12:30 p.m. Island Packers whale watching excursion. Buy tickets, preferably online to reserve a spot. Tour leaves at 1:30 p.m. from Ventura. Mar. 31 Winter Whale Watch, Departs: Ventura 1:30 PM, Returns: Ventura 5:00 PM. Day Fares: Adult (13-54) $38.00, Senior (55 and up) $34.00
6 p.m. Campfire begins, with marshmallow s'mores
Wednesday April 1
8 a.m. Coffee, danishes and pastries
9 a.m. Meet and gather to carpool over to hiking trails at Arroyo Verde Park, 5005 Foothill Rd, Ventura, CA 93003 Bring snacks or lunch.
2 p.m. After lunch meet for carpooling to San Buenaventura Mission, 211 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001 SELF-GUIDED TOUR (7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Individual Rates: Adults (18-64) $5.00, Seniors (65+) $4.00
6 p.m. Potluck, campfire and s'mores.
Thursday April 2
8 a.m. coffee, danishes and pastries
11 a.m. get ready for check out. You may stay longer just by reserving another night. There is a 14 day limit at campsite. First come, first served.
Some Nearby Attractions
1. Island Packers Cruises; 1691 Spinnaker Dr #105B, Ventura, CA 93001
2. Marina Park, 2950 Pierpont Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001. Visit the The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center at Channel Islands National Park, 1901 Spinnaker Dr, Ventura, CA 93001. Walk along Marine Park and have lunch.
3. Hiking trails at Arroyo Verde Park; 5005 Foothill Rd, Ventura, CA 93003; Bring snacks or lunch.
4. San Buenaventura Mission, 211 E Main St, Ventura, CA 93001; Individual Rates: Adults (18-64) $5.00; Seniors (65+) $4.00 SELF-GUIDED TOUR (7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. )
5. Ventura Botanical Gardens, 567 South Poli St, Ventura, CA 93001. $7 entrance fee and dogs allowed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
6. Olivas Adobe Historic Park, 4200 Olivas Park Dr, Ventura, CA 93001; $2 self-guiding tour booklet at the gift shop.
Grounds: Weekdays 8 am - 4 pm, Weekends 10 am - 4 pm; Admission: Free
Weekend guided house tours: Tours begin at 11 am, last tour begins at 3 pm. Admission: $5 Adults, $3 -Children under 12, Seniors 65 and over and Children under 4 free. Purchase tickets in the gift shop.