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Catalina Island Camping Info

Catalina Island offers five campgrounds and a number of boat-in only primitive campsites.

Hermit Gulch Campground is tucked away beneath the trees in scenic Avalon Canyon. Close to both hiking trails and downtown Avalon, Ca., Hermit Gulch is ideal for campers who want to explore Catalina Island’s interior, as well as enjoy Avalon’s restaurants, shops, tours, activities and nightlife. Amenities include fresh water, showers, lockers, restrooms, tent cabins, picnic tables and BBQs.

Black Jack Campground is nestled among pine and eucalyptus just below 2,093-foot Mount Orizaba, Catalina Island’s highest point. This tranquil campground offers miles of hiking trails and sweeping views of rolling hills all the way down to the ocean. Bus transportation to Black Jack trail head is available from Two Harbors or Avalon. Amenities include water, restrooms, picnic tables, BBQs and fire pits.

Little Harbor Campground has been called “One of the Best Campgrounds in the West” by Sunset Magazine. Accessible on foot or by bus, this breathtaking beachfront campground on the backside of Catalina Island is 6.5 miles from Two Harbors by road and five miles via the Trans Catalina Trail. Amenities include water, showers, restrooms, picnic tables, BBQs and fire pits.

Parson’s Landing is a three-mile paddle or seven-mile moderate hike from Two Harbors. This remote beachfront campground offers eight primitive sites, with long stretches of pristine sand, and miles of trails to explore Catalina’s west end. Amenities include restrooms, BBQs and fire pits. There are no shade structures and no fresh water. Campers are provided with a locker key to access fresh water.

Two Harbors Campground is located on a bluff just a short walk from Two Harbors. This oceanview campground offers tent sites, tent cabins, and group camping areas with easy access to hiking trails and water activities. Amenities include water, showers, restrooms, picnic tables, BBQs and fire pits.

Primitive Boat-In Campsites are available by reservation only at nine anchor-in coves located between Two Harbors and Avalon. No moorings are available. Campers must pack out all trash and provide their own water and port-a-potty. Campfires are allowed in BBQ/fire ring areas only.

Camping Permits are required year-round and are issued upon check-in at Two Harbors Visitor Services, Hermit Gulch Campground, or Island Tour Plaza Camping Center in Avalon. The maximum stay is 10 consecutive days. Camping rates are per person, per night, and vary depending on season and days of the week.

Camping Reservations for all campsites above can be made online with Reserve America or by calling 877.778.1487. A $9.25 service fee will be applied to your reservation. For groups of 20 or more, please call 310.510.2000 ext. 4242, or email

Catalina Island Summer Camps
Catalina Sea Camp (CIMI) – summer camp at Toyon Bay for kids ages 8-17.
Catalina Island Camps – summer camp at Howland’s Landing for kids grades 2-11.


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