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Island Facts: San Miguel Island

Tim Hauf
 
  • Located in Santa Barbara County.

  • Seventy miles from Ventura; 26 miles to the nearest mainland (Point Conception); three miles west of Santa Rosa Island.

  • San Miguel is approximately four miles wide by eight miles long; 14 square miles; 9,325 acres.

  • Average rainfall-15 inches.

  • Tallest peak-San Miguel Hill, 831 ft.

  • Over a dozen Channel Islands endemic plants occur on San Miguel Island.

  • The endemic island fox and deer mouse and introduced rat are the only land mammals found on San Miguel Island.

  • Up to five different pinniped species and over 30,000 individuals can be found at Point Bennett, one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in the world.

  • One of the oldest known American Indian archeological sites (11,600 years ago) is on San Miguel Island.

  • San Miguel Island and its associated islets support one-third of the breeding seabirds in the Channel Islands.

Did You Know?

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The Channel Islands are often called the "North American Galapagos" because they are home to over 150 endemic or unique species.