Ventura County

Ventura County, which includes the Oxnard Plain and Santa Clara River Valley, is located on the coast of California, north and west of Los Angeles County. Santa Barbara County is to the northwest. The Santa Clarita Valley is to the east. The county seat is the city of Ventura which was formerly known as San Buenaventura. Ventura County is located within the area known as Southern California. Two of the Channel Islands are in Ventura County. The Naval Base Ventura County is the largest employer in the county. Oxnard, which is the largest city in the county is home to the Channel Islands Harbor.


Ventura County incorporated cities are:

  • Oxnard
  • Port Hueneme
  • Santa Paula

Ventura County incorporated cities are:

Ventura County is home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library which is in Simi Valley.

The Hope Nature Preserve consisting of 359 acres of prime land is located in the Newbury Park portion of Thousand Oaks in Ventura County.



Ventura County Economic Development Association

The Ventura County Economic Development Association, established in 1949, also known as VCEDA, is a highly recognized regional voice for businesses on issues affecting the economy in Ventura County and California. One of its major objectives is to stimulate the economy through advocacy and positive working relationships with key national, state, and local leaders. VCEDA has more than 160 members in both Ventura County and Los Angeles County.


KVTA Radio - Ventura County

KVTA (1590 AM) is a local radio station broadcasting news and talk radio from Ventura. It serves Ventura County and Santa Barbara County. For several years, Michael Chulak, the owner of Pacific hosted a radio show on KVTA (1590 AM) featured as: On the Law by Attorney Michael Chulak.


Ventura County Fair

The Ventura County Fair is an annual event held in August of every year at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in the city of Ventura. The fair has been held each year since 1875 (except during World War II) and attracts more than 300,000 visitors each year. The fair includes great carnival rides and games, music, food, demonstrations, all types of exhibitions, livestock, fireworks, contests, and more. It is always a significant economic benefit to businesses located in Ventura, Oxnard, and the surrounding areas.


Saticoy Country Club

Saticoy Country Club is a private golf club located in Ventura County within the unincorporated area of Somis, north of Camarillo and Oxnard, and just east of Ventura. It is the first country club established in Ventura County dating back to 1921. The 18 hole Championship Golf Course was designed by noted architect William P. Bell. Saticoy Country Club offers golf, fitness, swimming, dining, and social activities for its members.


El Rio

El Rio is an unincorporated community in Ventura County with an estimated population of 7,400. It was founded in 1875. El Rio is located between Oxnard and Camarillo. Vineyard Avenue is to the west, North Rose Avenue is to the east, the Ventua (101) Freeway is to the south, and Central Avenue is to the north. El Rio is primarily a residential community.



Somis is an unincorporated area of Ventura County adjacent to and north of Camarillo and just west of Moorpark. It is primarily a residential community with several large estates and ranches, and an estimated population of just over 3,000.



Saticoy, established in 1861, is a small unincorporated community in Ventura County located northeast of Ventura, northwest of Camarillo, and north of Oxnard. The population is estimated at 1,100.


Mira Monte

Mira Monte is a small, rural unincorporated community in Ventura County southwest of Ojai and north of Ventura. Lake Casitas is directly to the west and Fillmore is to the east. The population is approximately 1,000.


Los Posas Hills

The Los Posas Hills is a range of hills in Ventura County that are east of Somis, north of the Santa Rosa Valley, and west of Moorpark.


Mandalay Beach Park

Mandalay Beach Park is a 94 acre undeveloped beachfront preserve which is managed by the County of Ventura on behalf of the California State Parks Department. The area is home to the Snowy Plover and Least Tern which are two endangered species of birds. There are no services provided at the park.


San Buenaventura State Beach

San Buenaventura State Beach is a two-mile long sandy state beach located in the City of Ventura at San Pedro Street. The beach is a favorite location for picnics, swimming, surfing, and volleyball. San Buenaventura State beach is the location of the Ventura Pier and is within walking distance of downtown Ventura. The beach is an excellent place from which to view the Channel Islands, the Ventura County coastline, and passing sailboats.


McGrath State Beach

McGrath State Beach Campground

McGrath State Beach is a protected beach and park located in Oxnard just south of Ventura, and consists of two miles of ocean frontage. It is considered by many to be one of the best areas in Southern California for bird watching, fishing, and surfing. Camp sites are available.


County Line Beach, Malibu

County Line Beach is located in Solromar, an unincorporated beach community in Ventura County at the county line with Los Angeles County. While Solromar has a Malibu zip code, it is located northwest of Malibu between Whaler's Village Condominiums to the east and the Marisol homes to the west. The one-half mile beach is located at the mouth of a canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains that lead to the California Coastal Trail. The beautiful beach is popular with surfers and scuba divers. Wildlife includes whales, dolphins, seals, and several species of birds.


Channel Islands Beach

Channel Islands Beach is an unincorporated community along the coastal edge of the Oxnard Plain in Ventura County, California made up of three neighborhoods: Silver Strand Beach, Hollywood by the Sea, and Hollywood Beach. The 1.3 mile long strip of ocean front property is separated by the mouth of Channel Islands Harbor. Many of the homes have excellent views of the ocean, the harbor, and the Channel Islands.


Faria Beach

Faria Beach is an affluent, unincorporated beachfront community in Ventura County located northwest of downtown Ventura. Faria Beach is a 1.32 long beautiful sandy beach that has become a popular surfing spot. The area is beautiful.



Solromar is a small, unincorporated beachfront community in Ventura County located west of Leo Carrillo State Park, the Los Angeles-Ventura County line, and Malibu Beach. Solromar is famous for surfing and was mentioned by the Beach Boys in their 1963 classic song, Surfin' USA.


Emma Wood State Beach

Emma Wood State Beach is a beautiful 112 acre California State Beach in Ventura County established in 1957. The beach borders the estuary at the mouth of the Ventura River in the City of Ventura. Emma Wood State Beach is popular for both surfing and fishing. Dolphins are often seen offshore and the Channel Islands can be seen from the beach.


Ventura County Chinese American Association

The Ventura County Chinese American Association (VCCAA), established in 1970, is a non-profit membership organization headquartered in Camarillo that serves all of Ventura County. The association's goals are to preserve the Chinese cultural heritage, language and customs. The organization sponsors the Ventura County Chinese Historical Society, a dance troupe, a youth group, a Chinese language school, a Kung Fu club and much more.


Ventura County Arts Council

The Ventura County Arts Commission, established in 1982 by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, transferred its plan and programs to the newly formed non-profit, Valley County Arts Council in 1997, which serves all of Ventura County with a wide array of arts programs.


Ventura County Greek Festival

For more than 30 years the Greek Festival has been sponsored by St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Camarillo. The festival is great family fun celebrating Greek culture, food, dancing, music, games, rides, and lots of children's activities. It is usually held in June of each year.


Museum of Ventura County Research Center

The Museum of Ventura County Research Center houses over 150,000 resources pertaining to the history of Ventura County and the surrounding area. The collection spans the Chumash People, the Mission and Rancho periods, and beyond. The Research Center has a wealth of valuable information. It is located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Ventura.


Calleguas Creek

Calleguas Creek is a perennial stream with its headwaters near the City of Simi Valley. Its tributaries include Conejo Creek, Arroyo Santa Rosa, Revolon Slough, Arroyo Las Posas, and Arroyo Simi. The creek flows through the Oxnard Plain in Ventura County, to the Pacific Ocean. The Calleguas Creek watershed area includes the Bard Lake water supply reservoir area.


Calleguas Creek Site

The Calleguas Creek Site is a 1.4 acre archeological site in Ventura County near Oxnard. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 because it once included as many as five villages occupied by the Chumash People for several thousand years. The site includes burial grounds and has been the source of many historically valuable artifacts. The precise location has not been disclosed to the public in order to avoid private exploitation of the area.


Round Mountain

Round Mountain is a 554 foot summit in Ventura County located just east of the Calleguas Creek and immediately west of California State University Channel Islands. Round Mountain is southwest of the much larger Conejo Mountain. The Conejo Valley is to the east of Round Mountain.


Santa Ynez Mountains

The Santa Ynez Mountains is an east-west mountain range in Santa Barbara County that extends eastward to northern Ventura County. The mountain range is contiguous with the Topatopa Mountains to the east and are primarily within the Los Padres National Forest. The highest point, which is unnamed, reaches 4,864 feet. Other mountain peaks are Divide Peak rising to 4,707 feet, Santa Ynez Peak rising to 4,298 feet, and La Cumbre Peak rising to 3,985 feet. The Santa Ynez Mountains run parallel to the Channel Islands which are to the south. The islands are an extension of the Santa Monica Mountains. The first people known to inhabit the Santa Ynez Mountains were the Chumash People, also known as the Chumash Indians, who settled in the area thousands of years before the area was claimed by Spain and later by Mexico.


Sierra Madre Mountains

The Sierra Madre Mountains are a 25-mile long mountain rang in northern Santa Barbara County and northwestern Ventura County in Southern California. MacPherson Peak standing at 5,747 feet in elevation is located within the mountain range. Most of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range is within the Los Padres National Forest which is the northern boundary of the San Rafael Wilderness area. The Sierra Madre Mountains are an essential habitat for the endangered California Condor.


Cuyama River

The Cuyama River is a 118-mile long river that flows through San Luis Obispo County, northern Santa Barbara County and northern Ventura County. The river was named after the Chumash Indian village of Kuyam that once existed. The source of the river is the San Emigdio Mountains, within the Chumash Wilderness area of the Los Padres National Forest, at the confluence of Alamo Creek and Dry Canyon Creek. The mouth of the river is the Santa Maria River just east of the city of Santa Maria. Tributaries include Santa Barbara Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Mustang Creek, Pine Creek, Quatal Creek, and the Huasna River


Dick Smith Wilderness

The Dick Smith Wilderness is a wilderness area, established in 1984, in the Los Padres National Forest which is in both Ventura County and Santa Barbara County. It is adjacent to the San Rafael Wilderness which is to the west and the Matillija Wilderness which is to the south. The Sespe Wilderness is to the east and Ojai is to the southwest. The Sisquoc Condor Sanctuary is to the northwest and the Sespe Condor Sanctuary is to the southeast. Madulce Peak, which stands at 6,541 feet, is the highest peak. Wildlife in the Dick Smith Wilderness includes mountain lions, coyotes, black bears, and California Condors.


Sespe Wilderness

The Sespe Wilderness is a 219,700 acre wilderness area in the southern Sierra Pelona Mountains and eastern Topatopa Mountains of Southern California. The wilderness area is totally within the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County.


Ventura River

The Ventura River is a 16.5 mile river in Ventura County that was formed by the confluence of the 17.3 Matilija Creek and the North Fork Matilija Creek. The San Antonio Creek joins the Ventura River approximately halfway to the Pacific Ocean, while the Coyote Creek joins the river closer to its mouth at Emma Wood State Beach near the City of Ventura.

The volume of water flowing in the Ventura River, and a major tributary, Coyote Creek, has been reduced by the development of Casitas Dam, which formed Lake Casitas, also known as Casitas Reservoir.


San Buenaventura Mission Aqueduct

The San Buenaventura Mission Aqueduct was seven miles long, stone and mortar, constructed to carry water from the Ventura River to the Mission San Buenaventura in Ventura. It is believed that the aqueduct was built between 1780 and 1790 by the local Chumash Indians working at the direction of the mission. Only a few vestiges of the aqueduct exist today because early settlers used many of the stones to build homes during times when water was plentiful.


Mount Pintos

Mount Pintos (Mt. Pintos) is a mountain in the Los Padres National Forest and the highest point in Ventura County and the eleventh highest in California. Mt. Pintos was considered to be the center of the world by the Chumash People when they inhabited the area in large numbers. The mountain was known as Iwihinmu in the Chumash language. From the summit, at 8,831 feet, the lights of Bakersfield in Kern County are visible. Hiking trails lead to the summit.