SAN MIGUEL ISLAND, CA

San Miguel Island has a wealth of natural and cultural treasures. Its ocean-sculpted landscape and more than 500 relatively undisturbed archeological sites, make it a valued part of the Channel Islands National Park and the National Register of Historic Places. Plus its picture-perfect...
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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 on the island
  • An arduous 1-mile hike to campground is required; all gear must be carried
  • Primitive camping: Bring low profile tents, toilet paper, and extra food in case of weather delays
  • This is a pack-in, pack-out facility; please bring garbage bags
  • Food storage lockers are available.
  • Bring your own drinking water; At least one gallon per person per day is recommended
  • Be prepared for fog and wind
  • Smoking allowed only on the beach
  • To protect resources, no cardboard or corrugated boxes are allowed on the island
  • There are no stores or services on the island
  • Pets and vehicles are not allowed
  • No fires; campstoves only
  • No fishing in state marine reserves. California fishing license and ocean enhancement sticker required
  • Due to strong winds, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling and diving are limited and require expert abilities
  • Due to Hantavirus in mice, take precautions to reduce exposure to rodents.
  • Upon arrival, meet ranger (if available) at beach landing or campground; Please have confirmation letter or receipt with you
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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.
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Overview

Overview

San Miguel Island has a wealth of natural and cultural treasures. Its ocean-sculpted landscape and more than 500 relatively undisturbed archeological sites, make it a valued part of the Channel Islands National Park and the National Register of Historic Places. Plus its picture-perfect hikes make it a pleasing destination for campers and day-trippers alike.

Remnants of early inhabitants date back thousands of years, and fossils of the Pygmy Mammoth have been discovered here. Hikers can take a 16-mile roundtrip hike to Point Bennett to overlook fantastic, undisturbed beaches where hundreds of seals and sea lions bask in the sun. The same rewarding hike cuts through some of the best caliche forests in the Channel Islands. The Caliche Forest is a sprawl of petrified tree roots created from deposits of calcium carbonate.

Natural Features:

The 9,500-acre island is a plateau at 500 feet in elevation, with two 800-ft. rounded hills. As the westernmost of the Channel Islands, the island receives the brunt of the northwesterly winds, fog, and severe weather from the open Pacific Ocean. This extreme weather creates a harsh but profoundly beautiful windswept landscape.

The group of islands in Channel Islands National Park boasts 175 miles of pristine, undeveloped coastline.

Recreation:

Hiking and camping are the primary activities on the island, as the water is usually too cold and rough for the average visitor. Most beaches are closed to allow for pinniped (seals and sea lion) breeding. Traverse the trails through Caliche Forest, Point Bennet, Cardwell Point, Lester Point, and Harris Point.

Facilities:

A ranger or naturalist guide is required to escort all visitors to the island. Please set this up before visiting, and take advantage of their incredible knowledge during the trip.

Plan for a steep 30-minute hike to the campground when arriving from the harbor. This is a primitive camping area, so be sure to pack all essentials including water, food, toilet paper and trash bags.

No shelters are provided, but campsites have five-foot tall windbreaks.

Nearby Attractions:

Visit the Cabrillo Monument, commemorating Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who was the first European explorer to chart the Channel Islands and the California coast.

Booking Window
Thu Apr 24 2014 - Fri Oct 24 2014

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
  • Swimming
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:
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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
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $15.00
Peak Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Dec 31 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $15.00

*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):
34.03972, -120.37444
34°2'23"N, 120°22'28"W

Island can be reached by boat from Ventura Harbor.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

SAN MIGUEL ISLAND
1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura CA 93001

Phone Number:

Information: (805)658-5730