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Primitive Camping on Catalina Island

On Catalina Island there are two campgrounds for primitive camping; Parsons 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.


Parsons Landing

The Parsons Landing Campground is a secluded beach camping site located seven miles west of the village of Two Harbors. The eight primitive campsites accommodate up to eight people each and are accessible only via a moderately difficult hike or kayak trip.


The Black Jack Campground is nestled among pine and eucalyptus trees near Mt. Orizaba. At 2,097-feet, it’s Santa Catalina Island’s highest peak. At 1,600 feet above sea level, the facility provides eleven campsites with sweeping views of rolling terrain to the ocean.