• Scenic View from Inspiration Point, Anacapa Island ©timhaufphotography.com

    Channel Islands

    National Park California

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  • Santa Barbara Island Closed Due to Storm Damage

    Santa Barbara Island is currently closed to public access due to damage from the high surf associated with Hurricane Marie. More »

  • San Miguel Island Closure

    In the interest of public safety, the U.S. Navy is closing San Miguel Island until further notice due to recent concerns of possible unexploded ordnance. More »


Tim Hauf

Channel Islands National Park is one of America's newest and most complex national parks. As one of America's "crown jewels," this park will continue to serve as a model for park management. It is important that the National Park Service protects park resources, both terrestrial and marine, and provides for the enjoyment of these resources in such a manner that will leave them unimpaired for future generations.

The park operates under Federal, Department of the Interior, and National Park Service policies and guidelines, in accordance with a General Management Plan (GMP) which was first published in 1980. The park GMP is currently undergoing revision to reflect new lands and responsibilities added since the park was established. For more information please visit General Management Plan.

Park management includes a Superintendent and a number of operating and administrative divisions. Park staffing is augmented by a high level of volunteerism, generally exceeding 70,000 hours of volunteer service per year. The park's budget includes annual federal appropriations, capital and special purpose project funding, fee funds, and donated funds.

Please click on the links to the left for more information about the management of the park.

Did You Know?

Island night lizard                                     C. Drost

The only reptile found on Santa Barbara Island is the endemic and threatened island night lizard. These lizards can live up to 20 years or more, but once established in a territory generally remain within a 3-meter radius their entire life.