Emma Wood State Beach

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Emma Wood State Beach
Lifeguard tower and campsites overlooking the ocean
Map showing the location of Emma Wood State Beach
Map showing the location of Emma Wood State Beach
Map showing the location of Emma Wood State Beach
Map showing the location of Emma Wood State Beach
Location Ventura County, California, USA
Nearest city Ventura, California
Coordinates 34°17′7″N 119°19′32″W / 34.28528°N 119.32556°W / 34.28528; -119.32556Coordinates: 34°17′7″N 119°19′32″W / 34.28528°N 119.32556°W / 34.28528; -119.32556
Area 112 acres (45 ha)
Established 1957
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation
Website http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=604

Emma Wood State Beach is a California State Beach in Ventura County, California. It is located on the western side of the city of Ventura and borders the estuary at the mouth of the Ventura River.


The park is named for Emma Catherine Wood, a co-owner of the Taylor Ranch, originally the Rancho Cañada de San Miguelito. Her husband Buddy Wood donated the land in her memory, she died in 1944.[1] The 112-acre (45 ha) park was established in 1957.[2]


Emma Wood State Beach is popular for walking, fishing, swimming, and surfing. The park features a seaside RV-only campground.[3]


The park lies at the southern end of the north coast of Ventura County, where the Santa Barbara Channel coastline is bordered by the Santa Ynez Mountains and coastal cliffs formed by eroding marine terraces.

Pacific Coast Highway, railroad tracks of the Coast Line, and the US Highway 101 freeway wind along the narrow strip of the county's north coast land at the base of the mountains for 12 miles (19 km) north to the Santa Barbara County line.[4]:22 Over 70 percent of this shoreline, with narrow sandy beaches and rocky tidepools, is accessible via state- or county-owned parks and other properties.[4]:28

See also


  1. ^ Clerici, Kevin "Foundation deeply rooted in area's history" Ventura County Star January 22, 2011
  2. ^ "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10" (PDF). California State Parks: 18. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  3. ^ "Emma Wood SB". California State Parks. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  4. ^ a b "VENTURA COUNTY GENERAL PLAN: COASTAL AREA PLAN" County of Ventura (Last Amended September 16, 2008)

External links

  • Official Emma Wood State Beach website
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