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 »
Your Dollars At Work
Since 1996 the National Park Service has collected over $867 million in recreation fees under an experimental initiative, Recreational Fee Demonstration Program which is now called Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA). Under the trial program, Congress authorized four federal land management agencies, the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service; to charge fees to visitors. Originally authorized for three years, the program had been extended four times and expired on September 30, 2004. Congress has now extended the program to make it permanent.
While eighty percent of the money remains in the park from fees collected by the participating parks, the Director of the National Park Service distributes the remaining twenty percent of the fees collected to special emphasis projects in the parks. Since Channel Islands National Park does not collect any entrance fees, funds for deferred maintenance and visitor service projects comes from this twenty percent.
Below are a few examples of how these fees have been spent at Channel Islands National Park:
Did You Know?
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.