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Can I still go to the Channel Islands during the government shutdown?

You can still get to the Channel Islands during the government shutdown. The Channel Islands National Park is open to visitors during the government shutdown. All island concessionaires are operating. Both the ferry company to get out to the islands and the kayaking company operating at Scorpion Anchorage are running throughout the government shutdown. Our team along with Island Packers is helping to maintain facilities including restrooms and all is going well regarding operations. Guests can still kayak the sea caves at Scorpion Anchorage, hike to breathtaking vistas, snorkel and more. All of our guides are trained wilderness first responders. It should be noted that in the case of an emergency, National Park evacuation may be limited. Give us a call, book online, or check the ferry schedule – we are happy to help!

Can I still go to the Channel Islands during the government shutdown?

How to get there: Book a reservation with Island Packers for Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island. You can go for the day to and from Ventura or for a multi-day trip. If you want to kayak at the island, you can also book your Island Packers ferry and kayaking tickets in a package with Channel Islands Adventure Company. 

Activities on the island: Sea cave kayaking, snorkeling, hiking (ranger-led hikes are not being operated because of shutdown, but Island Packers deckhands are leading hikes), camping and more

What to bring: Layers for boat ride over, hiking shoes, camera, water shoes, food for the day (no restaurants on island). There is potable water available on the island.

Below are some images taken just a few days ago at our beautiful National Park:


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If you’re ever passing through Ventura, please visit the channel islands. Perhaps my favorite national park. #santacruzisland #channelislands

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Common Dolphin: on the way to Santa Cruz Island #Dolphinlove #Santacruzisland #nature #oceancreatures #California

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