Permits & Reservations

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Transportation Reservations
Advanced reservations for boat and plane transportation to the islands are required. Please contact the park concessionaires for reservations.

For boat departures out of Ventura and Channel Islands (Oxnard) Harbors contact:

Island Packers
1691 Spinnaker Dr.
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 642-1393

For plane departures out of Camarillo airport contact:

Channel Islands Aviation
305 Durley Avenue
Camarillo, CA 93010
(805) 987-1301


Camping Reservations
Advanced camping reservations are required for all frontcountry campgrounds. Reservations can be made no more than five months in advance. Information required to make reservations includes: camping dates, transportation information, and number of campers. Reservations can be made by calling (877) 444-6777 or through the National Recreation Reservation Service. A confirmation notice will be mailed to campers. This notice needs to be presented to the island ranger upon arrival.

Advanced reservations are also required for backcountry camping. Backcountry camping is available year-round at the Del Norte campsite near Prisoners Harbor on Santa Cruz Island. Also, during certain times of year, backcountry beach camping is allowed on Santa Rosa Island. For reservations, call (877) 444-6777 or visit National Recreation Reservation Service.

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Private Boaters
No reservations or permits are required to land on the islands administered by the National Park Service. However, a landing permit is required to land on The Nature Conservancy (TNC) property on Santa Cruz Island (western 76% of island). Contact or for a permit; allow at least 15 business days for processing.

To hike beyond the ranger station on San Miguel Island, private boaters must be escorted by a ranger and have a hiking reservation and permit. Call (805) 658-5711 prior to mainland departure to make arrangements.

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Last updated: June 14, 2017

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Mailing Address:

1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001


(805) 658-5730

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