Camping is available on all five islands in National Park Service managed campgrounds. No camping is allowed on The Nature Conservancy's western 74% of Santa Cruz Island. Beach camping is allowed on Santa Rosa Island. Camping reservations for National Park Service campgrounds on San Miguel, Santa Rosa, East Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara Islands are available through Biospherics Inc. at: 800-365-2267. Camping on the beaches of Santa Rosa Island is available for experienced kayakers and boaters on a seasonal basis; a free permit is necessary, and can be obtained by calling: 805-658-5711. A free backcountry permit to hike unescorted beyond the Ranger Station on San Miguel Island is required and can be obtained by calling: 805-658-5711.
Camping reservations are required for all of the island campgrounds. There are no entrance fees to visit the park, however there is a $ 10.00 fee for camping in National Park Service operated campgrounds which includes a reservation fee of $ 2.65 per campsite per night. Reservations can be made no more than three months in advance. Information required to make your reservations includes; camping dates, transportation information and number of campers.
Camping on the beaches of Santa Rosa Island s available for experienced kayakers and boaters on a seasonal basis; a free permit is necessary, and can be obtained by calling: 805-658-5711. A free backcountry permit to hike unescorted beyond the Ranger Station on San Miguel Island is required and can be obtained by calling: 805-658-5711
Because concession boats fill to capacity much faster than campground limits are met, transportation is the first requirement campers must secure for an overnight trip to Channel Islands National Park. Public boat transportation is available year round to all five islands in the park by park concessionaire. Private boaters may also camp on the islands but must have the required camping permit. Transportation is also available to Santa Rosa Island by aircraft.
Campground Use Fee - $ 7.35 Day Cost recovery fee to provide campground services to include water, restroom facilities and campsite improvements. Effective June 01, 2001
|Anacapa||All Year||7||$ 10.00|
|Eastern Santa Cruz||All Year||35||$ 10.00|
|Santa Rosa||All Year||15||$ 10.00|
|San Miguel||All Year||9||$ 10.00|
|Santa Barbara||All Year||8||$ 10.00|
|Island||Distance from Landing||Campground Capacity||Consecutive Days||Days Per Year|
|Anacapa||0.5 mile plus 154 stairs||30||7||14|
|Eastern Santa Cruz||0.5 mile Flat||210||7||14|
|Santa Rosa||1.5 miles Flat||50||7||14|
|San Miguel||1 mile Uphill||30||7||14|
|Santa Barbara||0.5 mile Uphill||30||7||14|
Additional Camping Information
Campgrounds are full when a permit has been issued for each site, or there is a total of 30 campers (50 for Santa Rosa) in the campground. The campground on eastern Santa Cruz Island has 35 sites with 4 - 6 people allowed per site. Permits can be obtained no more than 6 months in advanced. Permits can be obtained by contacting Channel Island National Park.
Camping conditions are primitive and users must camp within designated areas. All campgrounds are equipped with picnic tables and pit toilets. Except at the Santa Rosa Island campground, water is not available at campgrounds and must be brought with you. No fires are permitted except in designated areas on eastern Santa Cruz Island (wood provided). Enclosed camp stoves are permitted. Outer-island (San Miguel and Santa Rosa) campgrounds have windbreaks for each campsite. Campsites are generally located close to one another, if the campground is filled to capacity, conditions will be crowded. No trash containers are provided; campers must carry out their own trash. Camping gear must be carried from landing areas to the campgrounds.
Campers must be prepared for the primitive campground facilities and weather conditions. Supplies and gear are not available on the islands. Gear must be transported up ladders at most landing areas, and carried some distance to the campgrounds. Packing your gear in backpacks, duffle bags and containers with handles makes transportation easier. The boat concessionaire requires that bags weigh no more than 40 pounds. Visitors may get wet during loading and off loading, so waterproof your gear. An extra pair of shoes packed in waterproof material is recommended.
Campers should plan to layer clothing, as weather conditions tend to change from cool and damp in the mornings to bright, warm, and windy in the afternoons. Clothing that protects against wind is advisable year-round. Hiking boots are recommended for most island trails.
Campers should be prepared for a variety of weather, especially on the outer-islands. Thirty knot winds are not uncommon on Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands. Sturdy tents, stakes, and line for securing tents to ground, table, or wind shelters are recommended. Fog can occur on the islands during any season producing cool, damp conditions. All of the campgrounds are located away from trees and shade. Over exposure to the wind and to the sun can be a serious problem. Visitors are advised to bring supplies for an extra day in case boats are unable to pick up campers due to sea conditions.
Hat, visor or cap
Windbreaker or light jacket
Shirts and pants that you can layer
Normal clothing needs
Additional Clothing Suggested
Poncho or rain jacket
Sneakers or light footwear for campsite
Sturdy wind resistant tent
Camp stove with cooking gear
Water - one gallon per person per day and canteen
Additional Gear Suggested
Sea sick pills
First aid kit
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