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To camp in the Channel Islands National Park you must have both a boat reservation and a campground reservation. By clicking the two buttons to the right, you will be able to view both the reservation system for the boat and for the campground in two separate windows. You can use these programs to check availability.
The Campground & Facilities
Santa Rosa Island Camping – Campground sites are 1.5 miles from the pier along the flat Coastal Road trail. A slight incline leads to a view of the campgrounds as you enter the canyon. There are 15 sites, each site may have up to a five people maximum. Campground is site specific.
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A picnic table, food storage box and wind break are at each site. Fresh water is available in the campground area. Restroom facilities include flushing toilets, a shower and a large sink for washing dishes. (Showers are closed due to drought)
Campsites are site specific and must be booked in advance of your mainland departure. Santa Rosa campsites are often full several months before the trip date, so check the campsite availability before booking your boat transportation.
ATTENTION CAMPERS – During the rough weather months, November through May, you will need to make sure Island Packers’ schedule has not been changed due to ocean/weather conditions before you leave the camping area for the day. Schedule changes are relayed to the park in the morning and the bulletin board or the ranger will have schedule change information. Campers during these month should come prepared with extra food in case weather prevents us from our planned pick up.
Back Country Camping
To camp in the Channel Islands National Park you must have both a boat reservation and a campground reservation. By clicking the two buttons to the right you will be able to view both the reservation system for the boat and for the campground in two separate windows. You can use these programs to check availability.
Santa Rosa Island offers Back Country camping from August 15 through December 31st. (Island Packer Service to SRI usually ends in late November.) Back Country camping offers a rugged backpacking/kayaking experience for those who are well-prepared for a wilderness experience. There are no facilities or fresh water in the back country.
National Park Service Warning
While back country camping is an incredible experience, it is not for the inexperienced backpacker or kayaker. Due to difficult weather, rugged terrain, and off-trail hiking, back country camping is an arduous endeavor and should be undertaken only by experienced, well-conditioned backpackers and kayakers.
Back Country Camping Seasonal Availability
August 15 – September 15: Only East Point to South Point Beaches (Southeast Quadrant) are open to back country camping for boaters, kayakers, and backpackers.
September 16 – December 31: Southeast, Southwest, and Northwest Quadrant beaches are open to back country camping. Beaches around Sandy Point, at Lobo Canyon, and Northeast Quadrant beaches (between Carrington Point and East Point) remain closed to camping.