Camping in the Channel Islands National Park can be a great experience if you are prepared and properly outfitted. This page will give you important information like how far is the campground from the pier, is there drinking water available as well as campsite accommodations and restroom facilities. The background photo on this page is of the Scorpion Campground at Santa Cruz Island. Only Santa Cruz campgrounds offer shade trees in the campground area.
The campgrounds fill quickly and quite often weeks or months in advanced during the busy summer months especially on the weekends. Please verify campsite availability by clicking on the "Reserve Campsite" button for your destination and check to see if there are sites available before booking your Island Packers transportation. This will save you time, money and frustation.
Distance to Campsites From Pier:
Campsites begin about 1/2 mile from the pier and continue for about a 1/2 mile on a flat dirt road. Shade trees are throughout the area.
Potable Water Availability:
Water is available from several spigots throughout the campground.
Number of Campsites Available:
There are 25 sites for up to 6 people and 6 group sites for up to 15 people.
Accommodations:
Three outhouse style restrooms are in the campground area.
Facilities:
Each Campsite has a picnic table and large storage box for food items.
Distance to Campsites From Pier:
This primitive camping area is designed for backpack style camping since it is a 3.5-mile uphill trek by trail, or 4.5 miles by road from the Prisoners Harbor pier.
Potable Water Availability:
No Water at this campgroundarea. You must hike in your water.
Number of Campsites Available:
There are 4 sites for up to 4 people.
Accommodations:
Each Campsite has a picnic table and small storage box for food items.
Facilities:
A pit style toilet. Bring your own toilet paper.
Distance to Campsites From Pier:
One mile up a steep and narrow trail.
Potable Water Availability:
No Water at this area. You must hike in your water from the mainland.
Number of Campsites Available:
9 sites for up to 4 people.
Accommodations:
A picnic table and small storage box for food items along with 2 sided wind break.
Facilities:
Outhouse style restrooms are adjacent to the campground.
Distance to Campsites From Pier:
You must climb 157 steps and walk 1/2 mile to the campsite. There are no shade trees on this island.
Potable Water Availability:
No Water at this island. You must hike in your waterfrom the mainland.
Number of Campsites Available:
There are 4 sites for up to 6 people and 3 sites for up to 4 people.
Accommodations:
Each Campsite has a picnic table and small storage box for food items.
Facilities:
An outhouse style restroom is located adjacent to the campsites
Distance to Campsites From Pier:
Walk 1.5 miles from the pier on a flat dirt road with a slight hill as you enter Water Canyon.
Potable Water Availability:
Water is available adjacent to the campground and at a sink on the side of the restroom facility.
Number of Campsites Available:
There are 15 sites for up to 5 people in each site.
Accommodations:
Each campsite has a picnic table and small storage box for food items and a wind break.
Facilities:
Flushing toilets and solar heated shower are located in the restroom facility at the beginning of the campground.
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Distance to Campsites From Pier:
Campsites are a hike up 1/2 mileon steep narrow trail.
Potable Water Availability:
No Water at this island. You must hike in your water from the mainland.
Number of Campsites Available:
10 sites for up to 4 people.
Accommodations:
Each campsite has a picnic table and small storage box for food items and a 5 ft. tall wind break.
Facilities:
Outhouse style toilet is adjacent to the campground
Distance to Campsites From Pier:
Camping is not recommended for the novice backpacker or kayaker. Difficult weather, rugged terrain and off-trail hiking, backcountry beach camping is an arduous adventure and should be undertaken only by the experienced, well equipped and physically fit.
Potable Water Availability:
No Water at this area. You must hike in your water.
Number of Campsites Available:
There are no formal Campsites when beach camping on this island.
Accommodations:
There are no tables or food storage boxes.
Facilities:There are no restroom facilities when beach camping
Campground Information
Photo by Doug Mangum