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  • Alert 1 , Severity ,caution ,, Yellow Jackets at Prisoners Harbor Yellow jackets are active at Prisoners Harbor, Santa Cruz Island. Keep your food covered, avoid waving your arms and back away slowly instead, and persons sensitive to yellow jacket venom should carry a sting treatment kit or visit another location.
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Public Notices
The following public notices have been issued for Channel Islands National Park. For information on other regulations please visit Laws and Policies.

 
Santa Barbara Island Closure
In the interest of public safety, Santa Barbara Island is closed due to dock damage from the recent storms. Vessels are not allowed to pull up to the island dock until full repairs from the storm damage are completed.

View the official public notice at Santa Barbara Island Closure Public Notice. For more information visit News Releases.
 

Public Closures on Santa Rosa Island
Certain areas throughout Santa Rosa Island are closed to protect island wildlife. Visitors to the island need to be aware of these closures prior to planning their trips.

  • March 1 to September 15: Skunk Point to East Point Back Beaches and Sand Dunes Closed
    The back beaches and sand dunes between and including Skunk Point and just north of East Point are closed to hiking from March 1st to September 15th to protect the nesting area for the snowy plover, a federally listed, threatened shorebird. Please remain on the wet sand (below mean high tide) or the road throughout this area.
  • Year-round: Sandy Point Closed
    The coastline around Sandy Point is closed year-round to protect seal rookeries.
  • Backcountry Beachcamping postponed until August 15th.
    Due to the continued presence of elephant seals on the beaches at Santa Rosa Island, the opening of beach camping has been postponed until August 15.
Over the last decade elephant seals and other marine mammal populations have dramatically increased causing the recolonizaton of historic breeding and haul-out sites by these marine mammal species. A significant portion of south facing beaches on Santa Rosa Island have been reclaimed for a large portion of the year.

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.
View the official public notice: Public Closures on Santa Rosa Island
 

Prevent Introduction of Non-Native Species
Public Notice April 16, 2007: Public Use Restrictions to Prevent Introduction of Non-native Species and Use of Unauthorized Motorized Vehicles and Bicycles

Affected Areas: All Park Islands

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:

  • Pets or any animal
  • Service animals, except by permit from the superintendent
  • Single-use plastic grocery bags
  • Live or potted Plants
  • Soil
  • Cut flowers
  • Firewood or any untreated, unfinished wood (including hiking sticks)
  • Corrugated boxes
  • Tools or equipment with attached soil
  • Motorized vehicles
  • Bicycles

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.

View the official public notice: Prevent Introduction of Non-Native Species Public Notice

 
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: November 29, 2016

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1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001

Phone:

(805) 658-5730

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