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

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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 »

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    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 »

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    Certain Santa Barbara Island trails are closed to all public entry to proctect breeding populations of California brown pelicans. More »

Island Facts: Anacapa Island

Aerial view Anacapa Island
  • Located in Ventura County.

  • Fourteen miles from Ventura.

  • Five miles long and 1/4 mile wide.

  • Average rainfall is between eight and thirteen inches per year.

  • Supports 265 species of plants, including two found only on Anacapa and 20 found only on the Channel Islands.

  • The Anacapa deer mouse is only found on Anacapa Island.

  • West Anacapa is home to the largest breeding colony of California brown pelicans.

  • Scripps's murrelet colonies are recovering following rat eradication in 2002.

  • Frenchy LeDreau lived at Frenchys Cove from 1928 to 1956.

  • The Anacapa lighthouse, turned on in 1932, was the last permanent lighthouse built on the West Coast.

  • Harbor seals and California sea lions rest and breed on the island.

  • Home to 30 sea caves.

Did You Know?

Bechers Bay coastline on Santa Rosal Island

Although the park is within 60 miles of 18 million people, it is home to 175 miles of pristine undeveloped coastline.