Discovering Nature’s Haven: Residence and Red Mountain Campgrounds in Foster Park

Situated amidst the natural splendor of Ventura County Parks, Residence Campground and Red Mountain Campground in Foster Park offer a tranquil escape for camping enthusiasts. As the Ventura River weaves through the park, flanked by lush fields and majestic trees, campers can immerse themselves in the beauty of the Ojai Valley Trail. With a playground, horseshoe pits, and proximity to Casitas Lake Recreation Area, these campgrounds beckon adventurers to explore the wonders of the outdoors.

Map & Reservations

Foster Red Mountain Park

Foster Residence Park

Top Tips for First-Time Campers

  • Strategic Reservations: Ensure a seamless camping experience by making reservations online, by phone, or in person, with a booking window of up to 12 months in advance. For spontaneous trips, check the reservation website for availability of walk-up sites.
  • Pet-Friendly Protocol: If you plan to bring your furry friends, keep in mind the leash requirement, attendance, and a fee of $2.50 per night per dog. Embrace the pet-friendly atmosphere while respecting the limit of two dogs per campsite.
  • Optimal Arrival Times: To secure your preferred site and make the most of your camping experience, plan to arrive early. The Ventura River estuary and Ojai Valley Trail beckon exploration, and arriving early ensures more time for outdoor adventures.
  • Peak Season Awareness: Be mindful of peak season rates, with Residence Campground fees ranging from $25 to $26 per night for standard sites and $42 to $46 for full hook-up sites (20/30/50amp). Red Mountain sites maintain a consistent fee of $25 to $26 per night.
  • Wheelchair Accessible Options: Campers with accessibility needs can consider wheelchair-accessible sites, ensuring a comfortable stay with options such as #1 – 4 and 6.

Top Strategies and Tactics for Maximum Camping Enjoyment

  • Seasonal Bliss: Experience the charm of Foster Park year-round, weather permitting. Consider the spring and fall months for milder temperatures and vibrant landscapes. The Ojai Valley Trail comes alive with colors, offering an ideal backdrop for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
  • Casitas Lake Exploration: Take advantage of the proximity to Casitas Lake, known for its monster bass fishing. Plan a day of swimming, surfing, and fishing at nearby Emma Wood State Beach, creating unforgettable memories by the Pacific Ocean.
  • Adventure Along Ventura River: Embark on wildlife viewing adventures along the Ventura River estuary. The calm waters of beautiful Cachuma Lake provide a serene setting for kayaking, while Gaviota Pier offers excellent pier fishing opportunities.
  • Point Mugu State Park Excursion: Venture to Point Mugu State Park for a diverse range of outdoor activities, from hiking to beach volleyball. Capture the breathtaking scenery and engage in beachside relaxation.
  • Channel Islands Harbor Exploration: Enhance your camping adventure by exploring Channel Islands Harbor, where boat rentals and cruises to the Channel Islands create an unforgettable maritime experience.

Recommendations on Camping Gear for an Optimal Experience

  • Essential Campsite Gear: Pack picnic essentials, including a reliable picnic table, fire pit, and camping chairs for a comfortable and enjoyable campsite experience. Create lasting memories around the warmth of a campfire.
  • Hydration Solutions: Bring ample water for drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene, as there is no on-site shower facility. Consider portable water storage solutions to meet your hydration needs throughout your stay.
  • Illumination Necessities: Embrace the magic of camping evenings with reliable illumination gear. Lanterns and headlamps contribute to a cozy ambiance, allowing you to relax and unwind after sunset.
  • Footwear for Exploration: Explore the diverse trails with comfortable and durable footwear. Whether hiking the Ojai Valley Trail or venturing into Los Padres National Forest, suitable footwear ensures a pleasant exploration experience.
  • Explore Our Gearlist: Elevate your camping adventure by exploring our gearlist account, providing specific recommendations on camp cooking equipment, sleeping systems, overlanding setups, backpacks, and clothing tailored for Residence and Red Mountain Campgrounds.

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Immerse yourself in the serenity of Foster Park, where Residence and Red Mountain Campgrounds beckon with open arms. From the shaded woods to the enchanting Ojai Valley Trail, each moment is an opportunity to connect with nature and create memories that will linger long after your campfire has burned out.