Boat-In Campsites Offer Seclusion

Santa Catalina Island’s Boat-In Campsites allow you to enjoy true seclusion along the amazing Pacific coast. There are 17 sites at nine locations around the leeside shore of the island. These campsites can only be reached by boat or kayak, and you must pack in your own equipment and supplies. A ranger checks each campground every day.

Each Boat-In Campsite is unique in location and regulations. The sites are all primitive, with no running water, shade structures, moorings or sanitation stations. Campers are required to bring their own portable restroom and pack out any trash or waste. Because fires are not allowed, cooking must be done in a self-contained BBQ or camp stove.

Boat-in Campsites

  • Rippers
  • Paradise
  • Lava Wall
  • Gibraltar
  • Cabrillo
  • Goat Harbor
  • Italian Gardens
  • Long Point Beach
  • Willow Cove

Directions to Campground

Boat-In Campsites are accessible only by boat or kayak. Each of the nine locations is on the leeside of Santa Catalina Island (same side as Avalon). A ranger will check you in to your Boat-In Campsite.

Equipment Rental

Kayak rentals are available at Two Harbors Dive & Recreation Center, Descanso Beach Ocean Sports, Joe's Rent-A-Boat and Wet Spot Rentals. Selected camping equipment is available for rent from Two Harbors Visitor Services. For more information, please call: 877-778-1487.


Rates & Fees
Nightly camping fee with prior reservation are $16 for adults; $8 for children. Without reservation $20 for adult; $10 for children per person per day. For groups of 20 or more group rates apply, please call: 310.510.2800 ext. 1414
Los Angeles County fire rules and Catalina Island Conservancy rules are strictly enforced. There is a coastal ranger who will make daily visits to each boat-in site. It is strongly suggested that campers come equipped with a VHF radio for medical emergency calls.


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