E.g., 02/16/2019

Catalina Island Camping Guidelines

Camping is the one of the best ways to enjoy Santa Catalina Island’s rugged beauty. However, to protect the island’s unique environment, the following rules and regulations apply to all Santa Catalina Island campgrounds. Please observe these guidelines as fully as possible.

Tent Cabins

Tent Cabins are available at Two Harbors and Hermit Gulch campgrounds, only.

Permit Required

Camping permits are required year-round and issued upon check-in at Two Harbors Visitor Services, Hermit Gulch Campground, or Island Plaza in Avalon.


No hiking is allowed from sundown to dawn. It's very easy to get lost and disorientated while in the interior. 

Alcoholic Beverages

Under-age drinking is unlawful (BPC 25662). The law will be strictly enforced and violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Curfew For Minors

It is unlawful for any minor under the age of 18 years to be present in a ‘public place’ between the hours of 10:00 PM on any given day and sunrise of the immediately following day, as defined in Los Angeles County Ordinance 13.56.010 B. Additionally, no unsupervised minor is allowed in the interior of the island from sunset to sunrise. A supervised minor is defined as a person under the age of 18 who is accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or an adult at least 25 years of age or older, authorized by said parent or guardian to have care and custody of the minor and who will assume full responsibility for said minor at all times.


Swim at your own risk. No lifeguards are on duty.


There are no electrical hook-ups available at any of the campsites.

Fire Precautions

In accordance with the L.A. County Fire Code, fires and smoking are permitted in the BBQ and fire ring areas only. No wood fires of any kind are allowed at the Hermit Gulch Campground.

Gathering Wood

Gathering wood or plants, or in any way removing or defacing any natural or manmade feature is prohibited.


Firearms, archery equipment, traps or other hunting equipment are strictly prohibited.

Plant and Animal Life

All plants and animals on the island are protected. Buffalo and other wildlife are unpredictable; keep your distance.

Quiet Hours

Campground and beach quiet hours are between 10:00 PM and 8:00 AM . Radios and loud or amplified sound or music are not allowed at any time.


Pets are not allowed in campgrounds.

No Littering

Trash cans are provided in every camp. Each camp area must be left clean, with all refuse in trash cans. Use separate containers for recyclable materials when provided.

Camping Reservations

Please call 877-778-1487 for camping reservations.