Santa Barbara Island Closed Due to Storm Damage
Santa Barbara Island is closed to public access due to damage from the recent storms to the pier landing ladder. The closure will be in place until a new ladder can be fabricated and installed. The closure is expected to last over a month. More »
Public Closures on Santa Barbara Island
Certain Santa Barbara Island trails are closed to all public entry to proctect breeding populations of California brown pelicans. More »
Scorpion Anchorage Pier Replacement
The National Park Service is planning to construct a permanent replacement pier that protects sensitive archeological resources while providing a safe, accessible, efficient, and sustainable access point for visitors and park staff at Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island. The existing Scorpion pier is a flatbed railcar that was installed as a temporary pier in 2000 and is rapidly deteriorating due to wave action and saltwater. It has been closed numerous times due to weather hazards, wave damage, and to perform required repair and maintenance activities. Additionally, the pier cannot be used by park or concession boats during very low tides because of inadequate water depth.
The two alternatives currently under consideration include replacing the pier in its existing location and replacing the pier at a location approximately 150 feet to the south. If the pier is replaced in its present location, armoring of the shoreline to protect the pier access road would be required. If a new pier is constructed to the south, the pier would span the beach and shoreline, and it would require only a short access road with a small amount of armoring. In either location, the new pier will need to be longer and higher than the existing pier to facilitate safer vessel mooring in deeper water.
Purpose and Need
Public involvement will be essential throughout the planning process. Interested individuals, organizations, and agencies may submit written comments online at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ScorpionPier.
An open house will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Channel Island National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center at 1901 Spinnaker Drive in the Ventura Harbor. On Wednesday, June 19, 2013, an open house will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Santa Barbara Public Library at 40 E. Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara.
Did You Know?
Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island is one of the world’s largest known sea caves. The cave measures 1215 feet in length (the size of more than four football fields), has a 160 foot entrance, and is almost 100 feet wide.