Island Packers Cruises

Cruising the California Channel Islands for Education, Recreation and Research since 1968

Home Office: Ventura Harbor
1691 Spinnaker Drive, #105B
Ventura, CA 93001

Satillite Office: Channel Islands Harbor
3550 Harbor Boulevard
Oxnard, CA 93035

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(805) 642-1393     
Office Hours 9:00 am  to 5:00 pm 
7 Days a Week
Info@islandpackers.com

Santa Rosa 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 middle buttons below you will be able to view the reservation system for the boat and for the campground in two separate windows. You can use these programs to check availability.

Camper Transportation

Adult             13-54 years of age              $114.00

Child             3-12 years of age                   $90.00

Senior           55 years of age and up       $104.00

Infant            2  years of age and under     $00.00
Must be Reserved

The campgrounds 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 site each site may have up to a five people maximum. Campground is site specific.  Be prepared to provide your site number when you check in for your boat.

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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)

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Camper/Overnight Rough Weather Warning

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

Santa Rosa Islands offers Back County camping from Mid August through the end of the Island Packers season. Back country camping offers a rugged backpacking experience for the well conditioned backpacker of kayaker. There are no facilities or fresh water in the back country.

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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 above you will be able to view the reservation system for the boat and for the campground in two separate windows. You can use these programs to check availability.



NPS -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.

What You Need for a GREAT Camping Trip

  • An Island Packers reservation.
  • A campsite reservation.
  • Food for your time on the island. (no store or restaurant)
  • Water container to get water to your campsite. Back Country:  Fresh Water may NOT be available
    in Back Country areas
    . Check with Ranger before heading out to the Back Country.
  • Kitchen utensils and camp stove. (No campfires are permitted)
  • A tent w/ good stakes & guys and sleeping bag(s).
  • Warm cloths for the cool evenings that can occur year round.
  • A hat, sunscrean and long sleeve shirt for sun protection. There is little shade on Santa Rosa Island once you
    leave the campground area.
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