Ventura Harbor Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Area Map #41 Miles of Shoreline: N/A Lake Surface Acres: 122 Elevation: 26’ Address: 1603 Anchors Way Drive Ventura, CA 93001 Ph:805 642-8538
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.
Kayaking 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: 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 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.
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 thriving marina.
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 permit.
Harbor Facilities: Kayaking enthusiasts enjoy the harbor for its location and the pleasant year-round weather and the excellent shelter the breakwaters provide. The rest of the visitors come for the food and shopping. 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 exploration.
Resources: Ventura Boat Rentals - Kayak rentals.
Ph: 805 642-7753
Island Kayakers 1867 Spinnaker Dr. Ventura, CA 93001 Ph: 805-390-8213
Campground Directions: Take U.S. Highway 101 north of Ventura. Exit State Beaches on left one-half-of-a-mile down the road. Map
Ventura Harbor Camping Information
Campground: The nearest campground is located at Faria Beach County Campground 4350 W. Pacific Coast Hwy. Ph: 805-654-3951
Accepted: First-come, First-served Basis
Check-in Time: 2:00 p.m.
Check-out Time: 12 noon
Minimum Stay: 0
Maximum Stay: 14 days
Campground Facilities: The campground has 42 campsites for tents and RV’s Many of them are next to the ocean. 15 sites have water, sewer, electric and cable TV hookups. Restrooms and showers and picnic table, a concession stand, fire rings, a playground, horseshoe pits, surf fishing, and surfing opportunities are provided.
Resources: Kayak Rentals