Santa Barbara Island Closed Due to Storm Damage
Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725
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.
Santa Barbara Island is the southernmost, smallest, and one of the least visited islands within Channel Islands National Park. It is located over 50 miles from Ventura and about 24 miles from neighboring Catalina Island.
There are no closures to public access on any of the four northern islands within Channel Islands National Park.
On Santa Cruz Island over six inches of rain fell at Scorpion Valley, causing a berm to form with extensive ponding of water in the valley. Consequently, the public restrooms near the Scorpion beach will be closed for repairs this week. Some island trails will be closed temporarily to prevent resource damage.
Did You Know?
Channel Islands National Park has more endangered species that only exist within this park than any other unit of the National Park Service. This means that survival of these plants and animals depends entirely on our ability to protect and restore the habitat of the five park islands.