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Catalina Island Camping Info

Catalina Island has five campgrounds and many primitive boat–in only campsites. 

Hermit Gulch Campground located on Avalon Canyon Road approximately 1.5 miles from the Avalon boat landing. This trailhead campground provides BBQ pits (no wood fires), picnic tables, and coin operated showers and lockers. Tent cabins, rental tents and equipment available. Minimal camping supplies for sale at campground office. Avalon Transit bus service from downtown Avalon.
Black Jack Campground is 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 is located about seven 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.
Parson’s Landing is 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.
Two Harbors Campground, the west end trailhead campground ¼ 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 – 17 sites at nine locations between Two Harbors and Avalon available by reservation for primitive camping. No moorings are available, these are anchor-in coves only. Campers must provide their own water and port-a-potty and pack out all trash. Campfires allowed in BBQ/fire ring areas only.

Permit Required  
Camping permits are required year-round and issued upon check-in at Two Harbors Visitors Services, Hermit Gulch Campground, or Island Plaza Camping Center in Avalon. The maximum consecutive stay is 10 days. Camping rates are per person, per night. Rates vary depending on the season, and midweek versus weekend.

Camping Reservations (for all above campsites):
Book online with Reserve America or call 877-778-1487. (Please note: There is a $9.25 service fee for reservations) For groups of 20 or more, please call: 310-510-2000 ext. 4242 or email

Camping by permit only and advance reservations are required. No pets allowed at any campground. Camping Guidelines & FAQ’s.

Camping Support Services
Catalina Backcountry – naturalist led hikes, comfort camping, trail support, gear haul, adventure expeditions. 310-913-9036,
Catalina Outdoor Adventures – half day, full day and overnight adventures. 310-251-2905,

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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