built in 1872, the pier once served steamships and was a
vital mode of transportation in and out of Ventura.
In the early days, getting in and out of this harbor town
was a challenge. With the advent of the pier and the
visiting steamships, the areas rich and abundant produce
could make it off to market. New settlers and their
supplies also found it easier to boat in than to go over
The current wooden
structure is 1958 feet long and is reputed to be the
longest in California. You will find rows of eager
fishermen and women lined up with their lines dropped over
the rail. There are cleaning stations for those
lucky in the hunt.
The pier also sports a
high end restaurant, a snack bar and a bait shop.
Take the 101 to Seaward Avenue. Turn towards the
ocean. Turn right onto Harbor Blvd. There are two
entrances to the State Park. Take the second one
about a about a half mile up on the left .