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

    Channel Islands

    National Park California

There are park alerts in effect.
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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 »

  • 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 »

Your Safety

Kathy deWet-Oleson
 

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.

Did You Know?

Island deer mouse

The endemic island deer mouse is the only native terrestrial mammal common to all the Channel Islands and is larger than mainland deer mice. Densities of deer mice on the islands can be greater than anywhere else in the world. This makes you happy if you're an owl, but not if you're a camper.