Campsite Review: Point Mugu Campground is a military-only campground located on the NAS Point Mugu California. It is an extremely nice location but not a good campground.
This review is for the campground right on the beach at NAS Point Mugu, it is not for Point Mugu State Park, which is not on the beach nor is it for the Navy-owned Fairways RV Park which is on Port Hueneme. Both Google and the Navy web sites get these locations confused.
From US Highway 101 take the exit on La Posas Road southwest to the main gate. After through the gate follow La Posas Road and turn right on 13th Street and then left on Laguna Street. Follow Laguna and the campground will be on the left.
There are about 65 sites at least one document references 72 sites, not all are equal some sites are much shorter others will handle RVs up to 45 feet easily. Sites #102-118 are narrow and closer together but longer than sites to the west, some have functional full hook-us. Make sure to read our observations toward the bottom.
Point Mugu Campground is at a wonderful location but the RV park is substandard in every way. We have stayed in much nicer Army & Air Force RV parks for one quarter the price.
Address: 18th St, NAS Point Mugu, CA 93042
Link to Google Map for the area: Point Mugu
Phone Number: (805) 989-8407
Reservations: Navy Vacations after numerous attempts to reserve this way, I encourage you to contact the park directly by phone.
Here is the link to an article on authorized patrons: Who can stay at military campgrounds?
Comfort: Temperatures were nice. Cool in the morning, warm by afternoon.
Elevation: Sea Level
Season: Year-round, very nice weather all year. More rain in the winter.
Price Paid: $40/ night, overpriced due to conditions at the campground
Dates stayed: December 4-8, 2020
Our Site: 122
Hook-ups: Electric / Water/ Sewer – 50 amp
Dump station: No dedicated dump station
Laundry: Yes, free, very few functional machines.
Potable Water: Yes
Water to fill your RV storage tank: Yes
Cell service: Verizon – Good Signal / AT&T – Good Signal
Campsite Review: Point Mugu Campground insider info:
Point Mugu Campground is a collection of concrete slabs with a substandard electrical and plumbing system. See caution and warning below.
Call the RV park directly for reservations. Employees at the park have recommended that I not come to Point Mugu because of the flooding caused by excessive rain. You can’t get this information from a central reservation system.
The 1-800 Navy Bed phone number is nearly impossible to make reservations. They understand hotels, not RV parks. The central reservation system even frustrates the employees at the RV park. If you tell central reservations exactly what you want and they just happen to have a match, then it may work. They don’t have an overview of any options that might work for you. A central reservation system simply does not have the knowledge or tools to do this job.
May and June are the coldest months in this location. The sun usually will behind the clouds every day – all day long. The rest of the year has very nice weather.
If it is not on concrete, it is sand. Even most of the concrete is covered by sand.
Don’t expect much help from the camp hosts. If you can find the host, they don’t have the authority to make any decisions, even on Saturday even when the office will not be occupied until Monday.
While we were there, they were extending and raising a rock sea wall which if continued will cut the campground off from the beach and kill the view of the coastline.
This RV park is located between a swamp and the ocean. It is at, or nearly at sea level. During high tide periods, especially in December and January, I would avoid this park. If these high tides correspond with high surf and rain, then I would definitely avoid this park. I recall extensive flooding and rescue operations (performed by nearby SeaBees) being performed on this base due to heavy winter rains.
We had standing water due to rain for the entire time we were at the park and the rain had stopped a day before we arrived. Our site was not affected many others were submerged. I have no doubt that the rain that started the day we departed made the situation much worse.
Site #121 was submerged in more than six inches of water for two days while we were there. The occupant had to wade to get inside his RV. The brakes on his RV were soaked. Since this water was undoubtedly salty I am sure it caused lots of corrosion. Other sites had standing water, sites #111-114 were closed due to standing water.
There was not a circuit breaker on our post, this is the only time in three years of full-time travel that I have been worried about the electrical system. Numerous sites had problems with the sewer and thus were partial hookups. Other sites couldn’t get water hook-up to turn on at the site. Maintenance is very poor, we were told that they were not going to fix things because they were going to do a re-model and fix everything. The re-model is way overdue.
Depending on the time of year, the wind at Point Mugu can exceed 70 knots coming from the northeast and thus making driving impossible in an RV. Sometimes the wind can be completely calm… calm isn’t a good thing because then the mosquitos will be thick. Typically the wind will be on-shore starting at about 11 am and continue until sunset. The onshore wind fixes the mosquito problem.
Point Mugu Campground is a diamond in the rough. The location is probably the best military campground in the country. The beach is wonderful.
This location should either be a no-frills discount campground or a first-class place. It is neither, stuck in disrepair at a premium price. It is not that the Navy can’t do a good campground. Both Fairways RV Park only a few miles away and Seal Beach are far better. In San Diego, Fiddlers Cove was similar to Point Mugu and is now a wonderful place.