All About the Channel Islands of Southern California

Articles, photos, and information for visitors to The] the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California. Five of the eight main channel island have been declcared a national park by the United States Government, two of the islands are operated by the U.S. Navy, and only one of them - Santa Catalina Island (aka Catalina Island) - has hotels, commercial activity operators, and significant tourism infrastructure.

Facts About the Channel Islands
NUMBER OF ISLANDS: 8
AREA: About 351 square miles
HIGHEST ELEVATION: 2429 feet
HIGHEST POINT: Devil's Peak, Santa Cruz Island
LARGEST TOWN: Avalon, Catalina Island
POPULATION: Greater then 3700 (most on Catalina Island)
COUNTIES NORTH TO SOUTH: Santa Barbara - Ventura - Los Angeles
LOCATION: Off the coast of Southern California
BODY OF WATER: Pacific Ocean

Channel Islands National Park
Information for visitors to the five Channel Islands that have been designated a national park by the United States Government. Those islands include Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara Islands.

Catalina Island Visitors Guide
Visitor information for the most visited of the Channel Islands and the only island with hotels, restaurants, and comercial activity operators. .

Channel Islands by Size
- Santa Cruz Island (96.51 square miles / Santa Barbara County)
- Santa Rosa Island (83.12 square miles / Santa Barbara County)
- Santa Catalina Island (74.98 square miles / Los Angeles County)
- San Miguel Island (14.57 square miles / Santa Barbara County)
- Anacapa Island (1.14 square miles / Ventura County)
- Santa Barbara Island (1.02 square miles / Santa Barbara County)
- San Clemente Island (56.81 square miles / Los Angeles County)
- San Nicolas Island (22.75 square miles / Ventura County)

San Clemente Island Goat Association
Organization established to promote the popularity, increasing the geographical distribution, and preserving the genetic diversity of San Clemente Island goats through responsible stewardship and breeding practices.

San Clemente Island Military Use
Southernmost of California's Channel Islands. Owned and operated by the United States Navy as a sonar base, firing range, rocket test facility, and auxiliary airfield. Also has a training facility for United States Navy SEALs.

San Nicholas Island Military Use
the most northwesterly of the four southern Channel Islands is also owned and operated by the United States Navy.

Activities in the Channel Islands

Catalina Island Activitiess
The most visited of the Channel Islands is also the island with the most commercial visitor activity operators.

Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard
Departure point for most of the hiking trips, kayaking trips, cruises, day tours, overnight tours and other activities in the Channel Islands of Southern California.

Things to Do IN the Channel Islands
Popular activities in the channel islands include bird watching, boating, camping, fishing, guided tours, hiking, kayaking, picnics, scuba diving, sea Lion watching seal watching, snorkeling, surfing, tidepool exploring, whale watching, and wildflower viewing,

Water Activities in the Channel Islands:
- Boating
- Fishing
- Kayaking
- Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
- Surfing

Land Activities in the Channel Islands:
- Camping in the Main Campgrounds
- Camping in the Back Country
- Hiking
- Picnics

Nature Activities in the Channel Islands:
- Bird Watching
- Seal and Sea Lion Viewing
- Tidepool Exploring
- Whale Watching
- Wildflower Viewing

Attractions in the Channel Islands:
- Visitors Centers in the Channel Islands'
- Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
- East Anacapa Island Loop Hiking Trail'
- Sea Caves of Santa Cruz Island

Channel Islands Activity Operators

Aqua Sports Sea Kayaking Tours

Channel Islands Outfitters
Offers sea kayaking, cave kayaking, snorkeling adventures on Santa Cruz Island, Anacapa Island, and Santa Barbara Island. Also rents kayakinghs, surfboards, stand-up Paddleboards, boogie boards, and full wetsuits. Based in Santa Barbara and Goleta.

Islands Packers Cruises

Truth Aquatics

SB Adventure - Channel Islands Sea Kayakings

About the Channel Islands

Wikipedia Introduction to the Channel Islands
Article with information about the eight Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California, the Santa Barbara Channel, and the history, military use, and wildlife of the Channel Islands.

Channel Islands Restoration
Organization established to protect rare and endangered plants and animals in the Channel Islands and adjacent mainland coastal areas by restoring the natural habitat those species depend on for survival


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