Santa Barbara Island 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 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.

There are ten campsites on Santa Barbara Island each site may be occupied with up to four people.  All campsites have a picnic table and food storage box. Vault style toilets are in the camping area.

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Photo by Doug Mangum

There is no water available so campers must provide their own water.  The campground is reached via a steep trail and stairs rising 200 feet from the dock landing.  There are no trees or shade on Santa Barbara Island.

Photo by Doug Mangum

Campsites are site specific and must be reserved in advance of your mainland departure.  Sites can be booked up to  six months in advance and fill very quickly.  Please check campsite availability before booking your Island Packers camper transportation.

Photo by Doug Mangum
Photo by Doug Mangun

Kayaking along the islands rugged shore line is a popular activity with many campers. Large kelp beds provide excellent areas to view sea life while kayaking or snorkeling the landing cove.

Campers may hike the many trails for views of other islands, the coastline, sunrises and sunsets along with many species of birds and seals and sea lions.


What you will need for a great trip:

  • Food for your time on the island. (no store or restaurant)
  • Kitchen utensils and camp stove (No campfires are permitted)
  • Flash light or lantern
  • Fresh /Drinking Water (suggested1 gallon per day per person)
  • 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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