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Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park






Description of Channel Islands National Park

Location: California    Map

Area: 249,561 acres

Activities: swimming, diving, whale- watching

Fees and permits
There are no entrance fees to visit the park. However, a fee is charged for camping on the islands. The fee includes the National Park Service fee that supports the operation of the campgrounds and a reservation fee by the company that manages the reservation system for the National Parks.


Channel Islands National Park is a group of islands of various sizes just of the coast of Southern California in United States. It covers a total area of 249,561 acres. Its wild life and biosphere are protected by the services of the Channel Islands National Park. Channel Islands National Park also called Northern Archipelago National Park is formed by five of the eight Channel Islands at little distance of the coast of the state of California, in the Pacific Ocean. Although the islands are close to the edge of densely populated southern California, their isolation has left them relatively untapped. Channel Islands National Park covers 100,994 hectares, of which 31,977 hectares are owned by the federal government.The Nature Conservancy owns and manages 76% of Santa Cruz Island, the largest in the park. The Channel Islands National Park is home to a wide variety of important natural and cultural resources. It was named National Monument of the United States on April 26, 1938 and National Reserve of the Biosphere in 1976. Its promotion to national park took place on March 5, 1980.




Where to sleep

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 +1-800-365-2267. Campsites are generally located close to one another and if the campground is filled to capacity conditions may be crowded. No trash service is provided and all campers must pack out their own trash. Be prepared to carry your camping gear from the landing areas to the campgrounds.

Anacapa Island. The campground is on East Anacapa Island, 1/2 mile from the dock landing, up 154 stairs. There are 7 campsites with a campground capacity of 30 people.
Santa Barbara Island. The campground is 1/2 mile uphill from the dock landing. There are 8 campsites with a campground capacity of 30 people.
San Miguel Island. The campground is a 1-mile hike uphill from the beach landing and has windbreaks. There are 9 campsites with a total campground capacity of 30 people. Fewer than 200 people per year ever get the experience of camping on San Miguel Island.
Santa Rosa Island. The campground in Water Canyon is 1 1/2 mile miles across the flats from the pier landing, or 1/4 mile from the airstrip. There are 15 campsites with a 50-person campground capacity. The campground has windbreaks, running water (most people bring drinking water) and an invigorating shower.
Santa Cruz Island. The campground is in Scorpion Valley and has 40 sites and allows 4-6 people per site. The campsites are spread out along the valley floor 1/2 to 1 mile up the flats from the beach landing.
Camping on the beaches on Santa Rosa Island is available for experienced kayakers and boaters on a seasonal basis; a permit is necessary by calling +1 805 658-5730.





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