Paddle Notes: Come paddle the calm waters of the
Ventura Harbor and enjoy a host of activities
available year-round including uncrowded beaches,
sport fishing excursions, whale watching, and tours
of the spectacular Channel Islands National Park.
The Harbor Cove Beach is located across from the
National Park Service, with lifeguard services
during the summer.
CAUTION: Rip currents and the
jetties make it very dangerous to swim in other
areas. Kayaking and SUP paddling are favorite past
time in the Ventura Harbor. Parasailing, surfing and
kite boarding are also enjoyable.
Fishing: Kayak anglers will find plenty to cheer
about in Ventura Harbor. It is a great place to fish
for Kelp Bass, Halibut, Bonito, Spotfin Croaker,
Barracuda or Thresher Shark. Ventura Harbor provides
anglers with unique sport fishing experiences they
will never forget. In addition to kayak fishing,
Ventura Harbor offers sail, power and paddle boat
rentals for those who want to venture out onto the
ocean blue for an exciting day of exploration.
Whether harbor fishing for a record-setting catch or
just heading out for a relaxing harbor journey in a
kayak, fishing and paddling in Ventura Harbor
delivers a one-of-a-kind ocean adventure!
Wind And Weather: Kayaking enthusiasts
enjoy the harbor for its location and the pleasant
year-round weather and the excellent shelter the
breakwaters provide. With a year-round daytime
temperature of 70 degrees, Ventura is a paradise for
a paddling adventure. The weather is mild enough
that you’ll be able to paddle year-round in Ventura
Harbor. (It can get quite chilly during the winter.)
The daytime high air summer temperatures tend to
be in the 70's and cool during winter when
temperatures tend to be in the 60's. The hottest
month of the year is August with an average
temperature of 75 degrees while the coldest month of
the year is December with an average maximum
temperature of 66 degrees. The wettest month
of the year is February with an average rainfall of
Terrain: Paddle the diverse terrain of Ventura's
beautiful harbor makes it a kayak wonderland. The
harbor is a 274 acre multiple use recreational and
commercial fishing small craft harbor. Other than a
2.74 acre site owned by the Department of Interior,
National Park Service, the District is the sole
landowner within the Harbor. The area includes
several parks, miles of scenic bike paths, and a
The palms are green, the sand is golden, and the
ocean is a magnificent azure blue. You’ll be able to
relax and feast your eyes on nature’s beauty as your
ears enjoy the sounds of the surf breaking in the
distance and rolling up onto the sandy beaches.
Open: The launch ramp has six lanes and about 180
parking spaces. It is accessible 24-hours a day, and
a parking fee applies at all times. The speed limit
in the harbor and entrance channel is 5 m.p.h.
Fees: There is a fee to camp, to park, and to
launch. The fee is paid at a "Pay and Display"
machine located in front of the restroom. All
vehicles are required to obtain and display a
Harbor Facilities: The Harbor Village is thirty-three
acres of entertainment and shopping that features
over thirty specialty shops and restaurants, a
36-horse carousel, narrated harbor cruises, pedal
boat, electric boat, and kayak rentals, sport
fishing, dive shop and charters.
In addition to
guided cruises, Ventura Harbor offers sail boat,
power boat, and paddle boat rentals for those keen
on being their own tour guide and want to venture
out onto the ocean blue for an exciting day of
Campground Directions: Take
U.S. Highway 101
north of Ventura. Exit State Beaches on left
one-half-of-a-mile down the road.