Point Mugu State ParkLeave review
About Point Mugu State Park
Campgrounds in Point Mugu
This park doesn't have any submitted photos—just yet.
Drop some Point Mugu knowledge on us.
I camped on the sand and regretted it, but camping on the other side seemed really nice. There is a hike you can take from the campground. It is hard to reserve the beach sites for a weekend, so think months and months ahead to get one.
Camped here on Memorial Day weekend. California State Parks made some sites available to late bookers, and I was able to book the week before the holiday. In Southern California, that's a real treat as most sites are booked well in advance. Another upside is the ability to burn a real campfire. The not-so-goods: the sites in this campground are close together and there was a lot of noise during the holiday weekend, even after hours. Still, it's a campground nestled between a beach and a mountain, so I chalked this up to sacrifices made for location.
History of Point Mugu State Park
The recorded history of Point Mugu dates to October 10, 1542 when the explorer, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, is thought to have landed at Mugu Lagoon as he charted the coastal waters. Cabrillo named the area Mugu after the native Churnash word mu'wa or muwu, for seashore, beach, or hand of the beach.
During the 1930s and early 1940s, a sand spit between the lagoon and the ocean was the site of the Mugu Fish Camp, which was visited by large numbers of tourists and sports enthusiasts from the Los Angeles area. A fishing pier was added to support deep sea fishing boats operating out of Port Hueneme. A cafe, store, tent cabins and later wooden cabins were constructed. The cafe would be Point Mugu's first Officers' Club.
In 1941 as the United States entered World War II, Mugu became a training area for the Seabees at Port Hueneme.