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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

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April 17, 2014
San Miguel Island Closed To Public
Effectively immediately, public visits to San Miguel Island (SMI), part of the Channel Islands National Park (CINP), are temporarily suspended. Due to safety concerns, the Department of the Navy, which is the land owner at SMI and is represented locally by Naval Base Ventura County, has asked the National Park Service via the CINP Superintendent's office to halt all recreational visits to the island.

March 31, 2014
Island Night Lizard Removed from Endangered Species List Due to Recovery
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the removal of the island night lizard (Xantusia riversiana), a soft-skinned lizard found on three Channel Islands off the southern California coast, from the protection of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The lizard’s recovery is due primarily to the successful habitat conservation and restoration actions of the U.S. Navy and National Park Service. The final rule delisting the species will officially publish in the Federal Register on April 1, 2014.

March 14, 2014
Local University Supports Research on Santa Rosa Island
The new Santa Rosa Island Research Station manager Cause Hanna will outline research plans for California State University, Channel Islands during the From Shore to Sea lecture in April.

March 03, 2014
Report Released on Economic Benefit of National Parks
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that approximately 250,000 visitors to Channel Islands National Park in 2012 spent nearly $14 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 178 jobs in the local area.

March 03, 2014
Santa Barbara Island Closed Due to Storm Damage
Ventura, CA — 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.

February 25, 2014
Smithsonian Scientist Shares Research on Island Songbirds
On March 12, 2014, Channel Islands National Park will host a special lecture about island songbirds by Smithsonian biologist Scott Sillett.

January 28, 2014
National Park and National Marine Sanctuary Volunteers Recognized
Today, Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent Chris Mobley celebrate their annual volunteer recognition event.

January 27, 2014
Public Comment Period Extended on Draft General Management Plan and Wilderness Study
Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau has extended the deadline again for public comment on the Draft General Management Plan and Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement for Channel Islands National Park.

Did You Know?

1994 pygmy mammoth excavation, Santa Rosa Island

The world's most complete pygmy mammoth specimen was discovered on Santa Rosa Island in 1994. These miniature mammoths, only four to six feet tall, once roamed island grasslands and forests during the Pleistocene.