Camping is available on all five islands in National Park Service managed campgrounds. Private boaters or kayakers who camp on the islands must have the required camping permit and should be aware that there are no moorings available and few protected anchorages. Contact the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center for landing information. For camping reservations, call 877-444-6777.
Camping conditions on the islands are primitive and users must camp in designated campsites. All campgrounds are equipped with pit toilets and picnic tables. Except at Santa Rosa and East Santa Cruz Islands water is not available and must be brought with you. Enclosed camp stoves are permitted.
San Miguel and Santa Rosa Islands have windbreaks for each campsite. Campsites are generally located close to one another and if the campground is filled to capacity conditions may be crowded. No trash service is provided and all campers must pack out their own trash. Be prepared to carry your camping gear from the landing areas to the campgrounds.
Camping is available on the mainland at several local California State Parks. Between Gaviota State Park and Point Mugu State Park there are seven State Park areas that offer coastal camping. The closest to the Ventura Harbor is McGrath State Beach. Other camping opportunities are available through county parks in the area.