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About Malibu Lagoon State Beach
Campgrounds in Malibu Lagoon
Malibu Lagoon State Beach Campground offers 57 campsites, half of which are designated to just tent camping. All the normal amenities are...
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This campground DOES exist but it's in MALIBU CREEK STATE PARK at Malibu Canyon Road & Mulholland Hwy.
Turn up from PCH at Pepperdine University and it's about 6 miles inland. The tv series M*A*S*H was shot in the park which used to be 20th Century Fox's 'back lot'.
History of Malibu Lagoon State Beach
For Frederick Hastings Rindge, owner of 22 miles of Southern California coast, life in the Malibu of a century ago was divine. “The ennobling stillness makes the mind ascend to heaven,” he wrote in his memoir, Happy Days in Southern California, published in 1898.
Long before Malibu meant good surﬁng, a movie star colony and some of the most expensive real estate on earth, “The Malibu” was a shorthand name for Topanga-Malibu-Sequit, an early 19th-century rancho. This rancho extended from Topanga Canyon on the southeast to Ventura County on the northwest, from the tideline to the crest of the Santa Monica Mountains.
This beautiful locale attracted the attention of a wealthy Massachusetts businessman, Frederick Rindge, who was looking for an ideal spread “near the ocean, and under the lee of the mountains, with a trout brook, wild trees, good soil and excellent climate, one not too hot in summer.”
Rindge bought the ranch and proceeded to divide his time between a townhouse in Los Angeles, from which he directed his business affairs—and his beloved rancho. The New Englander-turned-ranchero gloried in rounding up cattle, inspecting citrus groves and walking his St. Bernard along his many miles of private shoreline.
Alas for Frederick Rindge, his happy days ended rather abruptly when a 1903 ﬁre burned his property. He died just two years later. His widow, May Rindge, decided to keep the rancho intact and to keep the public out of her coastal kingdom. Armed guards patrolled the dominion of the woman the newspapers called “The Queen of Malibu.” For more than three decades, she not only stopped tourists and settlers, but blocked the state from completing Paciﬁc Coast Highway. Eventually, however, the whole rancho was subdivided into ocean front lots and 100-acre “ranchos,” as well as sites for hotels, yacht clubs and small summer homes.