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
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 both the reservation system for the boat and for the campground in two separate windows. You can use these programs to check availability.
Adult 13-54 years of age $79.00
Child 3-12 years of age $57.00
Senior 55 years of age and up $74.00
Infant 2 years of age and under $00.00
Must be Reserved
Santa Cruz Island is the largest Island in the Park and in the Channel Islands chain. It offers the largest campgrounds at Scorpion Anchorage. There are a total of 31 sites. 25 Sites (1-25) are family sites for up to six people and six sites (A-G) are group sites holding up to 15 people maximum in each site. Group sites may be reserved 1 year in advance and you may have up four sites (60 people) before you will need to contact the National Park for a Special Use Permit.
Family sites can be reserved up to six months in advance. Family Sites are $15.00 per night and Group Sites are $40.00 per night. You may reserve up to 7 consecutive nights.
Camp sites 1-22 are in the lower loop and are all family sites. The upper loop contains the six group sites and the last three family sites 23-25 are located above the group sites. Campsite begin about a half mile from the pier and continue on for about a half mile.
This is one of the two campground that are site specific so when you reserve your site you will be assigned a site number/letter. Island Packers is required to have your campsite number when you check in for the boat. Campsite 1 is closest to the pier where you disembark the boat.
Campers have the opportunity to do some of the longer hikes on Santa Cruz that time restraints prevent day visitors from enjoying. Hiking to the southern environment of Smugglers Cove can be a fun all day adventure with a picnic lunch and a swim (spring and early fall). You can enjoy great views of the south shore of Santa Cruz Island, west end of Anacapa Island and evidence of the past ranching era of Santa Cruz. A vault style restroom and picnic tables are provided but no potable water is available at the restroom.
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.
The National Park does not allow campfires or charcoal burning on any island at any time.