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 family camping for self-contained vehicles only and group camping is available at Ventura River Group Camp.
One of the few place one can camp on/at the beach in SoCal.
Rocky Beach with sand nearby, Hikes, Train Tracks, Ventura River Estuary, Wild Flowers, Bathrooms, Outdoor Showers, Group and Individual Camping.
Just a few miles from other beaches and fairgrounds with other attractions.
Sound of the Freeway so near was a constant, but not awful.
Ventura is a great place. I hope to get back more often and the Channel Islands, (near this park btw) are high on my list for a day hike and snorkel.
This was an ok trail.. we actually took the beach route. there are some homeless people set up with tents there and the path is ok. it could be managed better but it looks like people go out there to partty and leave trash behind, even used TP. After passing over some sand dunes we got to the mouth of the Ventura river and had to walk across it to go to the other side behind the fair grounds. there is a lil piece of land that has some water going across it as if its a deserted island. So peaceful! light crowd. The river is about 3 ft deep so be prepaid to have the water go above your knees and if its high tide it will hit you at the crotch. If you take lil kids it will hit their waist or higher.