Catalina Island Kayak Camping
Your Adventure Awaits on Santa Catalina Island
Are you ready to embark on a unique and unforgettable adventure? Discover the beauty and serenity of Santa Catalina Island through kayak camping at established campgrounds or primitive boat-in campsites.
Campgrounds Accessible by Kayak:
- Two Harbors (at the village of Two Harbors)
- Parson’s Landing (on the west end)
Two Harbors Campground offers traditional tent sites and tent cabins and a host of creature comforts to elevate your camping experience. Parson's Landing is a secluded primitive beach campground located 4.25 miles by water from Two Harbors. Reservations for these campgrounds can be made online.
Primitive Boat-In Beach Campsites:
- Willow Cove
- Long Point Beach (2 sites)
- Italian Gardens (3 separate beaches)
- Goat Harbor (3 sites)
- Cabrillo (4 sites)
- Gibraltar (2 sites)
- Lava Wall (2 sites)
- Rippers (3 sites)
These sites are perfect for those seeking a more secluded experience. Remember to make online reservations in advance online and then call to make your kayak rental reservation.
Embark on your Catalina Island kayak camping adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Please book campground reservations first and then call us to make your kayak reservation.
Kayak Reservations: 310.510.1226
Equipment: Our kayaks are easy to paddle and can carry all your gear. We recommend using single kayaks whenever possible, but double kayaks can be helpful for families with children. Ensure that your gear is packed in dry bags to keep it safe and dry during your journey.
- Sleeping Bags: We recommend compact, synthetic sleeping bags.
- Stoves and Lanterns: Propane stoves are a convenient option, and we also offer single burner propane stoves for rent. Remember to purchase stove fuel in Avalon or Two Harbors.
- Clothing & Personal Items: Be prepared for changing weather conditions. Lightweight, synthetic materials are best, and don't forget essential items like hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
- Dry Bags for Gear Stowage: These are available for rent and help keep your gear organized and dry.
- Food & Water: Prepare your meals ahead of time and bring a variety of snacks to keep you energized during your adventure. Ensure you have enough fresh water for your trip.
- Grocery Shopping: You can purchase last-minute supplies in Avalon at Von’s Market or Chet’s Hardware. Two Harbors also has a general store for your convenience.
- Tents & Shade: Dome tents are suitable for kayak camping and provide much-needed shade. Keep your food secured in tents to prevent theft by island critters.
- Fires & Regulations: Respect the island's regulations, especially regarding fires and waste disposal. No fires are currently allowed due to extreme fire danger.
- Restroom Facilities: Boat-In Campsites do not have restroom facilities. "WAG Bags" or waste disposal systems MUST be purchased from us. If you decide to bring your own waste disposal system, the systems must be inspected and approved by us. Always pack out your waste.
- Emergency Contacts: Carry a marine VHF radio for emergencies and check channel frequencies for communication with local authorities. Cell phone coverage is limited.