Due to the remote and primitive nature of the islands, a safe visit to the park depends on visitor assuming individual responsibility for planning their trips and visiting safely.
For your safety, please remember:
- Weather conditions change rapidly; dress in layers.
- There are no supplies on the islands. Take water, food, and other necessities.
- Watch your step-ladders, railings, and stairs may be wet.
- Stay back from cliff edges; they may be crumbly or undercut-a fall could be fatal.
- Do not approach marine mammals, such as whales, seals, and seal lions.
- Check for ticks and watch out for poison oak and cactus.
- Deer mice on the islands may carry diseases, including deadly hantavirus. Avoid all contact with mice and other wild animals. Keep food in rodent-proof containers.
- The park is located within a tsunami hazard zone. In case of an earthquake, go to high ground or inland. Visit Tsunami for more information.
- In an emergency on the islands, contact a ranger or concession employee. If a phone is available, contact the National Park Dispatch Center at 559-565-4221. This is the Sequoia-Kings Canyon Dispatch Center that handles all emergencies, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for Channel Islands National Park. On the water, use a marine radio to contact the US Coast Guard on VHF Channel 16.
For saftey information on a specific topic or activity please click on one of the links below.