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 »
Fees & Reservations
For general information on National Park entrance fees and the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Land Pass, please visit NPS Fees and Entrance Pass Programs or USGS America The Beautiful. Passes may be obtained in person at the park, by calling (888)-ASK-USGS ext. 1 or via the internet at the USGS store.
Transportation Reservations Advanced reservations for boat and plane transportation to the islands are required. Please contact the park concessionaires for reservations.
For boat departures out of Ventura and Channel Islands (Oxnard) Harbors contact:
Channel Islands Aviation
Camping Reservations Advanced camping reservations are required for all frontcountry campgrounds. Reservations can be made no more than five months in advance. Information required to make reservations includes: camping dates, transportation information, and number of campers. Reservations can be made by calling (877) 444-6777 or through the National Recreation Reservation Service. A confirmation notice will be mailed to campers. This notice needs to be presented to the island ranger upon arrival.
Advanced reservations are also required for backcountry camping. Backcountry camping is available year-round at the Del Norte campsite near Prisoners Harbor on Santa Cruz Island. Also, during certain times of year, backcountry beach camping is allowed on Santa Rosa Island. For Del Norte, call (877) 444-6777 or through the National Recreation Reservation Service. For Santa Rosa beachcamping, call (805) 658-5711.
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Private Boaters No reservations or permits are required to land on the islands administered by the National Park Service. However, a landing permit is required to land on The Nature Conservancy (TNC) property on Santa Cruz Island (western 76% of island). Contact email@example.com or http://nature.org/ for a permit; allow at least 15 business days for processing.
To hike beyond the ranger station on San Miguel Island, private boaters must be escorted by a ranger and have a hiking reservation and permit. Call (805) 658-5711 prior to mainland departure to make arrangements.
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Did You Know?
The Channel Islands are home to the oldest dated human remains in North America—Arlington Springs Man (13,000 BP).