Catalina Island offers five campgrounds and a number of boat-in only primitive campsites.
CAMPGROUNDS & CAMPSITES Hermit Gulch Campground Located on Avalon Canyon Road approximately 1.5 miles from the Avalon boat landing. BBQ pits (no wood fires), picnic tables, coin operated showers/lockers. Tent cabins, rental tents and equipment available. Some camping supplies for sale at campground office. Avalon Transit bus service from downtown Avalon.
Black Jack Campground Nestled among pine and eucalyptus trees near Mt. Orizaba within Catalina’s inland. At 1,600 feet above sea level, the campground provides eleven campsites. The trailhead (1.5 mile moderate hike) for the campground is 9 miles from Avalon and 11.8 miles from Two Harbors.
Little Harbor Campground Located about 7 miles east of Two Harbors and 16 miles from Avalon. Little Harbor is a sandy, beachfront campground located on the “backside” of Catalina with lots of opportunities for recreation. 23 campsites are available. Accessible from either Two Harbors (25 min) or Avalon (1.5 hrs) by car/taxo or by biking or hiking.
Parson’s Landing Located seven miles from Two Harbors Isthmus Cove. It’s a moderately difficult hike or kayak to the remote campground, but there you will find long stretches of pristine beach with eight primitive sites. Shade structures and running water are not provided. You must pack in your supplies. BBQ, fire ring, chemical toilets.
Two Harbors Campground The west-end trailhead campground, 1/4 mile from the village of Two Harbors, has 48 individual sites and two group camping areas, tent cabins that sleep up to 6, BBQ’s and picnic tables. Camping equipment available for rent, firewood, propane and charcoal available for sale.
Primitive Boat-In Campsites Enjoy true seclusion along the Pacific coast. 17 sites at 9 locations between Two Harbors and Avalon available by reservation for primitive camping. No moorings are available, these are anchor-in coves only. Must provide own water and port-a-potty and pack out all trash. Campfires allowed in BBQ/fire ring areas only.
CAMPING RESERVATIONS & PERMIT INFO (for all above campsites): Book online with Reserve America or call 877-778-1487. (Please note: There is a service fee for reservations) For groups of 20+, please call: 310-510-2000 ext. 4242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Camping permits are required year-round and issued upon check-in: for Two Harbors, go to the Two Harbors Visitor Center; in Avalon call the Two Harbors Visitor Center at 310-510-4205. The maximum consecutive stay is 10 days. Camping rates are per person, per night. Rates vary by season, & midweek vs. weekend.
TRAIL MAPS, HIKING & BIKING PERMITS: Available at the Trailhead in Avalon. The new headquarters for the Catalina Island Conservancy is the perfect starting point for discovering the island’s vast interior. Stop by 308 Crescent Avenue, call 310-510-1445 or visit CatalinaConservancy.org.
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