Channel Islands National Park Locator Map

Fast Facts

Total Area
249,354 acres
Annual Visitation
249,594 in 2012 (view all years)
Creation Date
March 5, 1980
Entrance Fee
Time Zone
Lowest Elevation
0 feet at Pacific Ocean
Highest Elevation
1,812 feet at Mount Montanon
Lowest Average Temp
45F in January
Record Low Temp
28F in 1965
Highest Average Temp
74F in August
Record High Temp
103F in 1978
Our Last Visit
June 2009

Park Contact Information

Channel Islands National Park
1901 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura, CA 93001
Info at (805) 658-5730
Fax to (805) 658-5799

Park Creation Timeline

Channel Islands National Monument created
International Biosphere Reserve status is given to the park by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
Channel Islands National Park is created, which absorbs Channel Islands National Monument

Animals and Plants

Land mammals on the islands are few and unique. The only native land mammals are the island fox, the island deer mouse, the harvest mouse and the spotted skunk. The island foxes and mice have further evolved independently on each island within the park. Bats are found here as well. Sea mammals include many species of pinnipeds (seals and sea lions), whales and dolphins.
Reptiles and amphibians are few, and include four lizards, one salamander, one frog, and two non-venomous snakes.
The isolation of the islands from the mainland is no barrier to birds, and there have been 384 species recorded on or near the islands to date. The NPS has prepared a checklist of park birds.
About 790 plant varieties have been identified in the park, over 200 of which are non-native, invasive species. The major plant systems on the islands include coastal dune, coastal bluff, coastal sage scrub, grasslands, chaparral, island oak woodlands, mixed hardwood woodlands, pine stands, and riparian areas.

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