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McGrath State Beach



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    338.49 acres

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The campground and day use area at McGrath State Beach is currently closed and no walks-ins are permitted

McGrath State Beach is one of the best bird-watching areas in California, with the lush riverbanks of the Santa Clara River and sand dunes along the shore. Two miles of beach provide surfing and fishing opportunities, however, swimmers are urged to use caution because of strong currents and riptides. The park offers campsites by the beach.

Due to flooding, as of 7/10/2019, McGrath State Beach is closed until further notice. The park will reopen when flood waters recede and cleanup/repairs have been done. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Allowed Activities
Good For
Rules & Regulation
Dogs Permitted With Restrictions
Dogs On Leash

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Accessibility Description


There are 12 paved sites that may be usable, including some with accessible tables. Assistance may be required to get water spigots and trash disposal. Restroom stalls are too small for wheelchairs, but have grab bars and may be usable for some persons. Showers are not wheelchair accessible.


Nature Trail. A .2 mile nature trail leading to an overlook of the Santa Clara River is generally accessible. Surface is a combination of hardened earth and boardwalk. Free descriptive brochures (including large font) available at entrance station.Trailhead is at northwest corner of parking lot, with accessible parking available. Usable restroom in campground.

Beach/Shore Access

Beach wheelchair is available. Call (805) 648-3321 in advance to reserve one.

Wetlands Restoration and Campground Relocation Project