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Morro Bay State Park Camping
In the slide show above, you're viewing pictures of the stunning Morro Bay State Park campground, plus nearby activities such as the golf course and marina. On this page, you'll find info to help you plan your Morro SP camping trip.
Morro Bay Campground
One of the camping gems of the California State Park systemThe Morro Bay State Park campground is a picture-perfect developed campground that features towering eucalyptus trees, green grassy lawns, and modern bathroom facilities. Family-style camping enthusiasts will enjoy Morro Bay SP's camping ground as one of those great places where priceless family memories are made.
MORRO BAY STATE PARK CAMPGROUND FEATURES
You'll enjoy a fine array of facilities at the large Morro Bay camping area:
1.) 115 campsites, including both pull-through and back-in style camping sites for RV's; tent spaces; and a surprising number of handicap camping spots.
2.) Interior roads are paved throughout, and so are all of the camping aprons.
3.) Picnic table, grill & food closet are all standard features of a campsite. The grills/fire pits and the picnic tables are well maintained, but have different styles in various sections of the campground. If you have a preference (eg stone vs metal grill) you can hunt around for the type you like best before selecting your camping spot. (However, getting any spot at all during the busy summer months is an achievement that takes some planning---and reserving---ahead of time!)
5.) Rangers and camping hosts stay on-premises; and rangers make the rounds after dark to ensure everyone's safety.
6.) A golf course lies next door to the campground; a small boat marina sits across the street (with a restaurant, too!) and a nature center is just down the road. The park is only a mile from Morro Bay's enchanting downtown area, where you may shop, dine, souvenir-hunt, or rent bikes, surfboards and other active sports equipment.
Morro Bay State Park Campground address & contact informationThe Morro Bay State Park phone number is (805) 772-6101. This is for park information only, and not for making camping reservations.
MORRO BAY STATE PARK CAMPING FEES: If it's been awhile since you've been camping at a California State Park, you may be surprised by the costs. What once was a cheap family activity now costs a little bit more...thanks to the state's budget crisis. Camping fees raised at all California State Park campgrounds...including Morro Bay. The new rates range from $35 to $50 or more, depending on whether or not your camping site has hook-ups. (Note: the majority of sites do NOT have hookups at Morro Bay state park.) There is no longer an off-season discount at the Morro Bay State Park campground; rates will remain the same price all 12 months of the year from now on. It should be noted that private campground prices have increased, as well, so that these are still good camping prices for this particular area. The scenery is beyond compare. (However, if you're looking for direct access to family swimming beaches, the Morro Strand campground described below will be more suited to your needs.)
Morro Bay SP camping map: Here's a link to the Morro Bay printable PDF camping map from the California State Parks website. You will also be able to see an interactive map of the campsite on the Reserve California website if you choose to make reservations (always a good idea at this popular campground, despite the $8 fee.)
Morro Bay State Park camping reservations: Like most of the the other California State Park campgrounds, reservations for camping at Morro Bay are taken through the Reserve California system. You may use the following link to view the Reserve California website. Type into the searchbox: "Morro Bay SP" along with your planned camping dates. Then, you'll get to see a map & current listing of availabilities.
Directions to Morro Bay State Park: Although you can arrive several ways, my favorite way is to exit CA Hwy 1 (which is a freeway at this point) at the Morro Bay Blvd exit. From the exit, head west on Morro Bay Blvd through the shopping district of Morro Bay. This is a good way to view where you can return for camping supplies, groceries...or even restaurants & shops. At the intersection of Main Street, turn south (left) and stay on Main Street until you reach the Morro Bay campground's entrance.
MORRO BAY STATE PARK WEBSITE: Though the Morro Bay SP does not have its own, exclusive website, it does have its own section on the California State Parks official website. Here's a link directly to the Morro Bay State Park page of the California State Parks website.
Morro Bay SP brochure: Here's a link to the Morro Bay state park brochure from the California State Parks website. This is a full-color PDF printable information source that you may take along with you as a guide to the park's attractions. You will also see a map insert for finding the park within the town of Morro Bay.
Morro Strand State Beach Camping
OK, so it's a parking lot---but it's got direct beach access!The Morro Strand Beach Campground has been saved from closure! Originally scheduled to be closed indefinitely due to California state budget cuts, this fun beachside camping area is now safe from being axed, open to campers, and awaiting your next visit. Morro Strand is a valuable asset to camping-fans because of its highly desirable location directly along the sand and Pacific Ocean waters---an ideal place for beach camping in central California. Being saved from closure is surely a happy event for all who enjoy vacationing by the sea.
If you've never been here, though, you should know that the charm belongs to the beach itself, and not the camping area. There's no other way to describe it: the Morro Strand State Beach's campground is a parking lot. To your left, you see a picture of the Morrow Strand campground, and even the warm glow of the afternoon sun can't add any romantic twist to the stark way it looks.
But, it's got beach access! Although a long dune keeps campers from getting a good ocean view, your happy feet will tell you that it's not a far trek to the sand and the water's edge.
Parents of young children will be glad that the campground has a residential street buffering the campground from the busy traffic of California Hwy 1. (Light sleepers will be thankful for this fact, too.)
Plus, unlike some parking lot-style campgrounds, the Morrow Strand campground DOES accept tents.
Bringing up the list of amenities at the Morro Strand SB campground, you'll find restrooms with flush toilets and running water. There are no showers, however.
Morro Strand State Beach directions and camping fees
Map to Morro Strand State Beach: Here's a Google map to Morro Strand State Beach. If you look at the satellite view, you'll get a good aerial picture of the campgrounds here.
Morro Strand camping map: Here's a link to the Morro Strand printable PDF camping map from the California State Parks website. You will also be able to see an interactive map of the campsite on the Reserve California website if you choose to make reservations (always a good idea at this popular campground, despite the $8 fee.)
Morro Strand camping reservations: During the off season, it's relatively easy to get a spot here. When this photo was taken (during the off-season month of February) there were only a few people camping here. Nevertheless, despite its spartan looks, this campground does accept reservations...because during the busy summertime, it DOES fill up---especially on weekends & holidays! Reserve California is the company that takes reservations for Morro Strand's camping grounds. Here's a link to the Reserve California website. Type into the searchbox: "Morro Strand SB" plus your planned camping dates. Then, you'll get to see a map & current listing of availabilities. You may change your dates at any time during your session---and will probably need to (in order to find a date when there's an opening here.) The sooner you know when you'll be visiting, the better.
Morro Strand camping fees: Rates for the non-hookup campsites begin at $35/night. There are also now hook-up sites at Morro Strand which, of course, cost a bit more. There is also a $8 reservation fee which, although hefty, will give you peace of mind that you'll actually get a spot at this popular camping location. (Note: There is no longer an off-season discount rate at the Morro Strand campground.) The maximum length accepted here is 24 feet long (plus hitch, for a total of 27 feet.) However, longer vehicles may pay for two adjoining spaces. Generators are allowed to be used during the hours of 10 am until 8 pm.
Morrow Strand website: Here's a link to the Morro Strand State Beach section of the California State Parks website.
Morro Strand brochure: Here's a link to the Morro Strand state park brochure from the California State Parks website. Like the Morro Bay SP flyer, this is another full-color PDF printable information source that you may take along with you as a guide to the park's history, wildlife, etc. You will also see a colorful map for help in finding the park.
Other good camping near Morro BayBeautiful beachside campgrounds abound within a short drive of Morro Bay. Here are some ideas: