Anacapa Island Camping

Anacapa is open for day visits and will reopen for camping in April.  A one week closure in March is expected, but that date has not been set by the National Park Service.


To camp in the Channel Islands National Park you must have both a boat reservation and a campground reservation.  By clicking the two buttons below 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.

Photo by Tim Hauf

Anacapa is a small Island with only a 1.5 mile hiking trail.  It offers beautiful vista and overlooks as well as a 360 degree view of the ocean for full views of sunrise and sunsets (weather permitting).  Experienced kayakers will enjoy the crystal clear water and abundant ocean life found along the shores of Anacapa.  Kayaks must be lowered and raised from the landing dock after use.

Anacapa Island offers 7 camp sites; three sites that hold up to 4 campers and four sites that hold up to 6 campers. Including the 157 steps, it is approximately a half mile to the campsite from the landing where you disembark from the boat. Anacapa camping is primitive and the island itself offers little shade and no potable water. You must carry/hike in all supplies up the stairs including all your water for your time on  the island.  You must hike out all trash.

Photo by Dan Harding
Anacapa Island

There is no shade in the campground area. Picnic    table and food protection boxes are at each site.   NPS suggest you bring your own toilet paper to this island.

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.

Due to its size and orientation, the Landing Cove at Anacapa Island is more affected by sea conditions than other landing sites of the Park. Island Packers anticipates making landing on all scheduled trips, however landing decisions can frequently only be made on-site by vessel captains. As such, Island Packers does not guarantee landing at Anacapa Island. In the event a scheduled landing trip is unable to land, passengers will have ticket costs prorated.

What you will need for a great trip:

  • NO Single Item weighing more than 45 LBS
  • Food for your time on the island.
  • Fresh /Drinking Water (suggested1 gallon per day per person)
  • Kitchen utensils and camp stove (No campfires are permitted)
  • Flash light or lantern
  • An Island Packers reservation.
  • A campsite reservation.
  • A tent  and sleeping bag(s)
  • Gear packed so it that meets the Island Packers Restrictions/Guidelines
  • Sturdy shoes and warm clothes for the cool evenings that can occur year round.
  • Hat, Sunscreen and long sleeved shirt.

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