Those with tents can stay at Emma Wood State Beach at the Ventura Group Campground. Although it is located 2 highway miles away from the main park, it really isn’t that difficult to get to. There are four campsites which can accommodate up to 30 people each, for those with tents and RVs alike. There are amenities such as water, restrooms, fire rings and tables, which are lacking in the other (RV-only) campground.
Campsite area
Tent sites
0 sites
Up to guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


There isn’t biking in the park itself, since it’s a beach, but there’s a bike path connecting the park to Ventura and the coast...Read more


This beach is excellent for surf fishing—you can find corbina, perch, halibut, cabezon and bass. Two great fishing spots are th...Read more


There aren’t many trails here at this beach, but you can wander along the Ocean’s Edge trail and take in the pounding surf, imp...Read more

Wind sports

There’s a long stretch of beach and ocean winds here calling your kite board’s name. This is a popular spot for kitesurfers, bu...Read more


Surfer dudes should try out Emma Wood for the excellent beach scenery and reliable surf, especially during the summer. There ar...Read more


The water can be pretty cold, but if that doesn’t faze you, by all means jump in! Swimming weather is especially perfect during...Read more

Wildlife watching

There are schools of dolphins that call this area home, so you’ll have no problem seeing them play in the water from your camps...Read more


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Hipcamper William
William B.
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October 30th, 2017

Bring trunks

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Edith S.
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April 28th, 2017

Camping in a vehicle here is ideal. Reserve well ahead of time as the beach spots go fast.

Hipcamper Shirtless host Steve
Shirtless Host Steve J.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 23rd, 2016

Report from your shirtless host @ Emma Woods S.B.
If you don't know about Emma Woods S.B. You are missing out on a camping spot like no other. If you camp @ E.W.S.B. you well only see the Pacific coast out your window. Don't let the freeway keep you away. This rustic camp site is my # 1 stopping spot. I have always liked E.Ws. You camp right on the edge of the beach or next to the seawall. You have the choice of backing in or just pull up to your site. But what ever way you pick the ocean is right there.
No bathrooms, water or Elec. But the views or worth it. So next time you are in the Venture area plan on camping @ Emma Woods S.B.
Your shirtless host Steve

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Emma Wood State Beach
United States
Phone Number
(805) 968-1033
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34.279° N, 119.311° W