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Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725
The Scorpion Pier on Santa Cruz Island is closed temporarily until damages caused by the high surf last Friday are fully assessed and repaired. The island will remain open to visitation. Landings at Scorpion Anchorage will be beach landings via skiff until the pier reopens.
Storm surge and high waves inundated Scorpion Anchorage last Friday, causing flooding in the valley, road damage to the pier access road, and damage to the pier decking, concrete abutment, and metal frame.
The Scorpion Pier is a flatbed railcar that was installed as a temporary pier in 2000 and has been deteriorating due to wave action and saltwater. The park plans to replace the existing pier in approximately three years.
Scorpion Anchorage is the most visited destination in the park, with over 55,000 people coming ashore each year to enjoy recreational activities such as hiking, picnicking, camping, kayaking, and swimming.
The high surf also caused minor damage to both the Prisoners Pier on Santa Cruz Island and the Santa Barbara Island landing dock. Repairs at each of these landings are underway. Public access was restored at Prisoners Harbor on Sunday and Santa Barbara Island landing is expected to be open by the end of the week.