The following public notices have been issued for Channel Islands National Park. For information on other regulations please visit Laws and Policies.
Important Shutdown Notice
During the federal government shutdown, this website will not be updated and may not reflect current conditions. Some national parks may remain accessible to visitors; however, access may change without notice. Some parks are closed completely. Some visitor services may be available when provided by concessioners or other entities. There will be no National Park Service (NPS)-provided visitor services, such as restrooms, trash collection, facilities, or road maintenance. For more information, see www.doi.gov/shutdown and the park website.
At Channel Islands National Park the park islands, with the exception of San Miguel Island, are open for visitation and the park concessioners are operating. The mainland visitor center and island visitor contact stations are closed.
The NPS will not provide visitor services including issuing permits, conducting educational programs, maintaining restrooms or campgrounds, or providing visitor information.
Park visitors are advised to use extreme caution during their visit as NPS personnel will not be available to provide guidance or assistance, and provide minimal emergency response. Any entry onto NPS property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor’s sole risk.
All island campgrounds and restrooms are open and accessible to visitors, however will not be maintained by NPS personnel. There will be no campground check-in/check-out services and visitors holding campground reservations should be aware that there is no guarantee their reserved campsite will be ready and available during a government shutdown.
For more informatinon visit the press release Channel Islands National Park Islands Accessible to Public during Government Shutdown
Santa Barbara Island Now Open to Public
Santa Barbara Island is now open to public access.
Landings at the island will be restricted to the rocky ledge adjacent to the dock. In order to ensure a safe landing, boaters will need to carefully assess the weather conditions, particularly the tide and swell heights, prior to landing in this area.
The dock remains closed and is not expected to be repaired in the near future due to the severe nature of damage that occurred with successive storms the past two winters.
The island trail system has been stabilized following severe damage from storms this past winter.
Public Closures on Santa Rosa Island
The park staff is in the process of considering measures to modify the backcounty/beach camping opportunity to reduce potential conflicts with preservation of natural resources and this visitor use.Providing these animals have for the most part cleared the beaches between South and East Point, beach camping will once again be allowed via permit.
Prevent Introduction of Non-Native Species
Pursuant to the Authority of the Superintendent under the Code of Federal Regulations Title 36 section 1.5 (a)(1)&(2) and section 2.1(a)(2) the following public use restrictions are imposed on the aforementioned area, to prevent introduction of non-native species and use of unauthorized motorized vehicles and bicycles.
Therefore the following types of items shall not be transported or delivered to any island within Channel Islands National Park:
Pursuant to CFR title 36 1.5 (c) - Determination - this restriction action is necessitated for the protection of the islands unique values, ecological systems and protection of breeding populations of marine mammals, endangered species of seabirds, eagles, islands foxes and other unique and rare species of flora and fauna inhabiting the Channel Islands National Park. Less restrictive measures would have the potential for introduction of non-native species that could adversely effect many species and/or endanger the islands ecosystems. Additionally the unauthorized vehicle and bicycle use would pose significant safety risks and adversely affect visitor experience and park values.
Federal Land Passes No Longer Available for Sale
As of July 1, 2015, Channel Islands National Park will no longer sell federal lands passes. The federal lands passes, including versions for seniors, active military, and the disabled, cover entrance fees at national parks and other federal lands. There is no fee to enter Channel Islands National Park.
All federal land passes can be obtained or purchased at parks that charge an entrance fee. Also, most passes can be purchased either online, by phone or by mail—more information is available at www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm.
Annual passes are also available at most REI locations and on Amazon's website.
Military passes must be obtained in person and are available locally at Los Padres National Forest headquarters in Ojai and Santa Barbara or Angeles National Forest headquarters in Arcadia. It is recommended you call ahead before you purchase your pass at these locations.
Last updated: December 22, 2018