• Scenic View from Inspiration Point, Anacapa Island ©timhaufphotography.com

    Channel Islands

    National Park California

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  • 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

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Fees & Reservations

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There are no entrance fees to visit the park. However, a reservation fee is charged for camping on the islands. The $15.00 per night-per site fee includes both the National Park Service fee that supports the operation and maintenance of the campgrounds and the reservation fee charged by the contractor that manages the National Reservation Service.

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 | Camping | Private Boaters


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:

Island Packers

1691 Spinnaker Dr.

Ventura, CA 93001

(805) 642-1393


For plane departures out of Camarillo airport contact:

Channel Islands Aviation

305 Durley Avenue

Camarillo, CA93010

(805) 987-1301


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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 scilandingpermit@tnc.org 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?

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.