Mandalay State Beach

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Mandalay State Beach
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Map showing the location of Mandalay State Beach
Map showing the location of Mandalay State Beach
Location Ventura County, California, USA
Nearest city Oxnard, California
Coordinates 34°12′0″N 119°14′57″W / 34.20000°N 119.24917°W / 34.20000; -119.24917Coordinates: 34°12′0″N 119°14′57″W / 34.20000°N 119.24917°W / 34.20000; -119.24917
Area 92 acres (37 ha)
Established 1985; 29 years ago (1985)
Governing body County of Ventura

Mandalay State Beach,[1] also called Mandalay County Park,[2] is a protected beach of California, United States, in the city of Oxnard. Day-use access is available for the 2,920 feet (890 m) of shoreline,[3] and the park also preserves an area of undeveloped sand dunes and wetlands that was once common along the 16.5-mile-long (26.6 km) coastline of the Oxnard Plain.[4] Managed by Ventura County for the California Department of Parks and Recreation,[5] there are no support facilities within the park.[6]

The 92-acre (37 ha) site was established as a California state park in 1985[3] to preserve public access to the beach while providing for continued protection of the adjacent natural area. Snowy plovers and least terns nest on the beach.[5] Ample parking on the adjacent public streets provides an access point for California Coastal Trail. Beachwalkers may reach McGrath State Beach upcoast and Oxnard Beach Park downcoast. These parks can also be reached by the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route on Harbor Boulevard.[7] Mandalay Beach Road is close to the beach and provides an alternate route through the Oxnard Shores[8] neighborhood using public streets and bicycle/walking trails to destinations south including Channel Islands Harbor and the Channel Islands Beach neighborhood.

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