Attention: Santa Barbara will be closed until May 1st 2015 due to Pier damage


Santa Barbara lies much further south than the other four Channel Islands and is the smallest, measuring just one square mile. The island is adored by sea birds as well as campers looking for a peaceful island getaway. Sea bird colonies flourish here, and efforts to restore the...
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Know Before You Go
  • Boat transportation arrangements to island are required before making campsite reservation
  • Campsites must be reserved prior to arrival
  • Steep 1/4-mile hike to campground; Must carry all gear
  • Primitive camping: Bring low profile tents, drinking water and extra food in case of weather delays
  • No beach camping or off-trail hiking
  • Food storage lockers are available
  • Alcohol permitted in campground
  • Smoking allowed only on the dock
  • To protect resources, no cardboard or corrugated boxes are allowed on the island
  • No stores or services on island
  • No pets or vehicles
  • No fires, campstoves only
  • No firearms or fireworks allowed on the island
  • No fishing in state marine reserves. California fishing license and ocean enhancement sticker required
  • Due to Hantavirus in mice, take precautions to reduce exposure to rodents
  • Upon arrival, meet ranger (if available) at landing dock or visitor center; Please bring confirmation letter or receipt with you
  • Kayakers: ocean conditions can rapidly change; experts only
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    Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
    Pets Allowed - no Near Water
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    Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
    +When you reserve one of these sites, it will not be a site specific reservation. You will be assigned a site when you arrive at the campground.
    ** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.


    Santa Barbara lies much further south than the other four Channel Islands and is the smallest, measuring just one square mile. The island is adored by sea birds as well as campers looking for a peaceful island getaway.

    Sea bird colonies flourish here, and efforts to restore the overall bird habitat is a top priority. The island is one of the most important seabird nesting sites in the region. Its cliffs are home to endangered brown pelicans, three species of cormorants, three species of storm-petrels, and one of the world's largest colonies of Xantus's Murrelets.

    Sea lions and seals are also very popular inhabitants of Santa Barbara Island, feeding on the rich kelp forests. A special plant to look out for is the Santa Barbara Island liveforever, a rare succulent plant that grows on the island's rocky bluffs.

    Natural Features:

    Steep cliffs on this small island rise above rocky shores and give way to a grassy mesa flanked with twin peaks. The highest point, Signal Peak, is 635 feet in elevation.


    Wildlife viewing opportunities include California sea lions, harbor seals and northern elephant seals. Among the many birds, look out for the horned lark, orange-crowned warbler and house finch, three birds found only on Santa Barbara Island. Hiking trails circle the island, and it's common to see nesting gulls just off the trail.


    Camping is primitive and campers must bring their own food, equipment and water. From the boat drop, the campground is reached via a challenging half-mile hike up stairs and steep inclines.

    Nearby Attractions:

    The Landing Cove is an ideal place for snorkeling. Common sightings include sea urchins, orange Garibaldi fish and brightly-colored sea stars.

    Booking Window
    Mon Oct 20 2014 - Mon Apr 20 2015

    Reservations can be made for today and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Wed Jan 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
    Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu Dec 31 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Boating
    • Educational Programs
    • Hiking
    • Picnic Area
    • Pit Toilets
    • Ranger Station
    • Swimming
    • Visitor Center
    Fees and Cancellation Policies

    Fees and Cancellation

    Fee Information
    Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

    Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
    Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

    Changes and Cancellations
    A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy

    Facility Rates*
    Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
    Peak Season
    Jan 01 2014 -
    Dec 31 2014
    Peak Season
    Jan 01 2015 -
    Dec 31 2015

    *Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
    **Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
    Getting There
    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    33.47556, -119.03528
    33°28'32"N, 119°2'7"W

    Island can only be reached by boat transportation.
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    1901 Spinnaker Drive
    Ventura  CA  93001

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (805)658-5730