Camp at the Water Canyon Campground in the Channel Islands NP

1.5 Miles Round Trip - Out-and-Back Trail

Ventura Harbor - Search Nearby - Added by Jared Blitz

Isolation on an island with beaches, torrey pines, canyons, plant and wildlife.

You can get a wonderfully detailed description of what to expect from the Channel Islands/Santa Rosa Island and how to get there from fellow Explorer Michael Wigle's "Beach camp on Santa Rosa Island" adventure (which I highly recommend you check out for the information and the photography https://theoutbound.com/los-an...) , so I'm just going to stick with the actual campground for this adventure.

First, if you get deathly seasick like I do, follow all the rules to reduce your chances while on the high seas.  Sit on the bottom deck near the back of the boat.  I spent 2 of the 3 hours on the boat throwing up breakfast and everything else that I could and we supposedly had a "calm" trip out.  Choosing whether or not to take Dramamine is important because of the long ride. I chose not to because I didn't want to be tired all day.  The consequences of that were brutal until we reached land.  With that said, here is what to expect when the boat docks at the pier.

After you land you will find that you have a 1.5 mile, mostly flat, hike along the coastline from the pier to the Water Canyon campground where you will be greeted by wind shelters with the corresponding campsite number you reserved at Recreation.gov (http://www.recreation.gov/camp...) before scheduling your round trip boat ride from Island Packers.  There are 15 campsites that allow up to 5 people per shelter at $15/night.  The shelters are needed because it does get very windy at various times throughout the day, but they also serve as a sort of home with a picnic table.  Inside the shelter you'll find a metal food storage container and nails for you to hang your gear.  Be sure to keep your tent locked up for there are island foxes that sneak in and out of each campsite all day long looking for food.

In the campground you'll find a very clean restroom and two (2) water spigots in between the campsites.  The campground provides you with enough space between sites to have privacy but close enough to the water spigots and bathroom that you don't have to worry about interrupting other campers.  Since they placed the campground in the middle of all the trails, you'll also have easy access to all trailheads on the island.

If you're lucky you'll end up with a good group of campers who respect everyone else on the island and the fact some are there to experience the isolation it can offer.  Keep in mind there is an established quiet time between 10pm-6am, so if you're a late night person that loves to blast music or be loud in general it's not going to happen on the island.

Showers are on the grounds but they were recently shut down because of a horrific drought.

Always remember to leave no trace!

Tags

Chillin
Camping
Photography
Swimming
Backpacking
Hiking
Bathrooms
Beach
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

Details

1.5 Miles
Out-and-Back Trail

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