Primitive Camping on Catalina Island
On Catalina Island there are two campgrounds for primitive camping; Parson’s Landing and Black Jack Campground. It’s a moderately difficult hike or kayak to the remote Parson’s Landing, which is located seven miles from Two Harbors’ Isthmus Cove. There you will find beautiful vistas, and long stretches of pristine beaches. Black Jack Campground is nestled among pine and eucalyptus trees near Mt. Orizaba within Catalina’s inland. Check-ins are required at Visitor Services to obtain a lockbox key for wood and water.
Other primitive boat-in only campsites are available on Catalina Island. Nine sites between Two Harbors and Avalon are available by reservation for primitive camping. No moorings are available, these are anchor-in coves only. Each boat-in campsite has its own unique configuration, with some appropriate for larger groups. Campers must provide their own water and port-a-potty. You may encounter rattlesnakes or free-roaming bison. (Never approach wildlife and retreat if in close proximity. For more information, call Two Harbors Visitor Services at 310-510-4205.