Channel Islands National Park, California

Channel Islands National Park was established on March 5, 1980 and stretches more than 389 square miles. The park is made up of five islands. There are three of the Channel Islands that are not part of the park. Activities at the park include Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Camping, Hiking, and other outdoor activities. Some of the wildlife on the Island include the Spotted Skunk, the deer mouse, the Channel Islands Fox, and an array of sea life and birds.

Channel Islands National Park Info


Channel Islands National Park

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New Research on Chumash Settlement of Santa Rosa Island

In one of the first studies of settlement of the vast interior region of Santa Rosa Island, Christopher Jazwa, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), has found a pattern of the Chumash moving seasonally to use resources beyond the island coastline.

Ethan McKinley selected as Channel Islands National Park superintendent

The National Park Service has selected Ethan McKinley to serve as the next superintendent of Channel Islands National Park. McKinley has been serving as the park’s acting superintendent since July, following the June retirement of Superintendent Russell Galipeau. 

Partial Campground Closure at Santa Cruz Island due to Hazard Tree

The Upper Scorpion Campground on Santa Cruz Island is closed until further notice as a result of a fallen eucalyptus tree that is obstructing safe access to this portion of the island. The Lower Scorpion Campground and restrooms are open and accessible to visitors. The park is exploring the possibility of utilizing recreation fee funds to address the issue and restore access to this portion of the island. Additionally, this closure due to the hazard tree will restrict access for visitors to the Scorpion Canyon Loop Trail and the Upper Scorpion Canyon Trail to Potato Harbor. Potato Harbor will still be accessible via the Cavern Point Trail. Park visitors are advised to use caution during their visit as NPS personnel are limited during the lapse in appropriations. There will be no campground check-in/check-out services and visitors holding campground reservations should be aware that there is no guarantee their reserved campsite will be ready and available. During the lapse in appropriations, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions. All park programs have been canceled until further notice, including guided walks and education programs. About the National Park Service More than 20,000 National Park Service employees who care for America’s 418 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.

Channel Islands National Park Islands Accessible to Public during Government Shutdown

During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. At Channel Islands National Park the park islands, with the exception of San Miguel Island, will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited. The park’s mainland visitor center and island visitor contact stations are closed.

Channel Islands National Park Photos

pikeblenny1Feb9-19

divindk posted a photo:

pikeblenny1Feb9-19

These behavior shots of an orangethroat pikeblenny were my best work off the day. The display this guy put on for his own reflection in the mirror was fantastic!

nudibranch5Feb9-19

divindk posted a photo:

nudibranch5Feb9-19

I started the day of diving off by finding this mating pair of Goddard's aeolid nudibranch's. I know its a bit UW voyeuristic, but I stuck around and photo'd until they finished and parted ways.

sculpin2Feb9-19

divindk posted a photo:

sculpin2Feb9-19

Pretty sure this is a scalyhead sculpin, but I'm not as good with all the sculpin species as I am with nudibranchs, so if anyone knows different, please let me know.

nudibranch10Feb9-19

divindk posted a photo:

nudibranch10Feb9-19

I finished the day with this tiny porters chromodorid nudibranch.

nudibranch4Feb9-19

divindk posted a photo:

nudibranch4Feb9-19

I started the day of diving off by finding this mating pair of Goddard's aeolid nudibranch's. I know its a bit UW voyeuristic, but I stuck around and photo'd until they finished and parted ways.

nudibranch7Feb9-19

divindk posted a photo:

nudibranch7Feb9-19

One of the best positioned blue doris nudibranch's I've come across, it made for some great shots.

pikeblenny4Feb9-19

divindk posted a photo:

pikeblenny4Feb9-19

These behavior shots of an orangethroat pikeblenny were my best work off the day. The display this guy put on for his own reflection in the mirror was fantastic!

sculpin3Feb9-19

divindk posted a photo:

sculpin3Feb9-19

Pretty sure this is a scalyhead sculpin, but I'm not as good with all the sculpin species as I am with nudibranchs, so if anyone knows different, please let me know.

nudibranch2Feb9-19

divindk posted a photo:

nudibranch2Feb9-19

A few inches from the happily mating Goddard's aeolid nudibranchs, I found this look-a-like three lined aeolid. If the little guy could see, he was definitely close enough to be watching!

sculpin1Feb9-19

divindk posted a photo:

sculpin1Feb9-19

Pretty sure this is a scalyhead sculpin, but I'm not as good with all the sculpin species as I am with nudibranchs, so if anyone knows different, please let me know.

nudibranch3Feb9-19

divindk posted a photo:

nudibranch3Feb9-19

I started the day of diving off by finding this mating pair of Goddard's aeolid nudibranch's. I know its a bit UW voyeuristic, but I stuck around and photo'd until they finished and parted ways.

nudibranch8Feb9-19

divindk posted a photo:

nudibranch8Feb9-19

One of the best positioned blue doris nudibranch's I've come across, it made for some great shots.

nudibranch6Feb9-19

divindk posted a photo:

nudibranch6Feb9-19

One of the best positioned blue doris nudibranch's I've come across, it made for some great shots.

pikeblenny2Feb9-19

divindk posted a photo:

pikeblenny2Feb9-19

These behavior shots of an orangethroat pikeblenny were my best work off the day. The display this guy put on for his own reflection in the mirror was fantastic!

nudibranch9Feb9-19

divindk posted a photo:

nudibranch9Feb9-19

I finished the day with this tiny porters chromodorid nudibranch.

pikeblenny3Feb9-19

divindk posted a photo:

pikeblenny3Feb9-19

These behavior shots of an orangethroat pikeblenny were my best work off the day. The display this guy put on for his own reflection in the mirror was fantastic!

nudibranch1Feb9-19

divindk posted a photo:

nudibranch1Feb9-19

I started the day of diving off by finding this mating pair of Goddard's aeolid nudibranch's. I know its a bit UW voyeuristic, but I stuck around and photo'd until they finished and parted ways.

sealion2Jan26-19

divindk posted a photo:

sealion2Jan26-19

SCUBA Santa came through with a new wide-angle lens, and though the water wasn't completely clear, I wanted to try it out. The sea-lions were a great test subject, and I liked the results!

sealion7Jan26-19

divindk posted a photo:

sealion7Jan26-19

SCUBA Santa came through with a new wide-angle lens, and though the water wasn't completely clear, I wanted to try it out. The sea-lions were a great test subject, and I liked the results!

sealion1Jan26-19

divindk posted a photo:

sealion1Jan26-19

SCUBA Santa came through with a new wide-angle lens, and though the water wasn't completely clear, I wanted to try it out. The sea-lions were a great test subject, and I liked the results!