Review: Campsites on Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands



The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center at Channel Islands National Park
1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 658-5730

Bask in the unspoiled glory of the Channel Islands at the Anacapa Island and Santa Cruz Island campsites. Camping is available year-round on all five of the National Park’s islands., but Anacapa and Santa Cruz house the most stunning views and best accessibility to trails and water activities.

Camping fees are $15 per night, per site. Water is not available at campsites. Trash must be packed out. Call (877) 444-6777 to make a required advance reservation.

Plan your weekend escape to the Channel Islands.

It’s easiest to drive to Ventura, and take a ferry from there. The visitor center is located at the very end of Spinnaker Drive in the Ventura Harbor.

Island Packers ferries go to all the islands. For more information about Island Packers, visit or call (805) 642-1393.

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