Anacapa Island in Channel Islands National Park is actually a chain of three small islands, located twelve miles off the California coast and linked together by reefs that are visible at low tide. The islands are named appropriately East, Middle and West Islands. West Island, the largest island of this group, is two miles long by six tenths of a mile wide, and rises to a peak of 930 feet. Middle Island is one and a half miles long, a quarter of a mile wide and 325 feet at its highest point. East Island is a mile long, a quarter of a mile wide, and rises to an elevation of 250 feet. Just off the eastern end of East Island is a forty-foot-high natural bridge, named Arch Rock, which is a trademark for Anacapa Island and Channel Islands National Park. For camping, fishing, kayaking, private boating information, contact Channel Islands National Park at 805-658-5730
Thing To Do:
- Hiking Trail
- Interpretive Programs
- Picnic Tables
- Toilet, Pit/Vault
- Underwater video program (summer only)
- Visitor Center
Boat transportation arrangements to island required BEFORE making campsite reservation.
No more than 2 campsites can be reserved at one time; no more than 14 days total per year.
Campsites must be reserved prior to arrival on the island. There are NO walk-ups at this facility.
154 stairs and half-mile hike to campground. Must carry all gear.
Primitive camping, vault toilets. Bring low profile tents, own water and extra food for weather delays.
No shelters. No beach camping or off-trail hiking.
Tent sites – maximum of 4 people. Tent B sites – maximum of 6 people
Food storage lockers available.
Smoking allowed only on paved areas.
To protect resources, no cardboard or corrugated boxes can be brought to the island
No stores or services on island. No pets or vehicles allowed.
No fires, camp stoves only. No charcoal or BBQ allowed.
Firearms or fireworks not allowed on the island
Quiet hours from 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m.
Fishing is not allowed from the island. Contact ranger for fishing regulations.
Kayakers: ocean conditions can rapidly change, requiring expert abilities.
Hantavirus in mice takes precautions to reduce exposure to rodents.
Upon arrival, meet ranger (if available) at landing dock or visitor center. Please have confirmation letter or receipt with you.
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
An Island off the Southern Coast. The Park headquarters is in Ventura, California, Highway 101, exit Victoria or Seaward to Ventura Harbor.