Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Park CA

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Ancapa Island is the smallest of the Channel Islands and nearest to shore, made up of mostly volcanic rock.  This is an important bird nesting spot.  Sealions are commonly found here.  Currently (as of July 2010) the island is closed for hiking and camping due to structural weakness of the long staircase from the dock to the island top.  However Frenchy's cove landings (watersports & tidepooling) and the Northshore Wildlife Cruise tours are still running.  The pictures on this page were taken July 5, 2010 on the morning wildlife tour.  It's an unusually cloudy and cold day.  Wildlife spotted on this tour:  Blue Shark (alongside the boat), a small pod of dolphins, numerous sealions and many seabirds.

See the links at the end of this page for more information about the island and how to take a tour.

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Frenchy's Cove

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The now closed boat dock.

External links -- touring and other information

Authorized concessionaire to the Channel Islands National Park, Island Packers
info, directions to the harbors, parking info and more:
http://www.islandpackers.com/contact.html

Anacapa Island description and tour info from Island Packers:
http://www.islandpackers.com/anacapa.html

Channel Island National Park Public Notices (official park website):
http://www.nps.gov/chis/parkmgmt/public-notices.htm

Anacapa photos, videos and slideshows (official park website):
http://www.nps.gov/chis/photosmultimedia/anacapa-island-photo-gallery.htm

Places Nearby (other pages on this site):
   Santa Cruz Island (Scorpion Harbor)
   Santa Barbara Island

     On the mainland, not far from either Ventura or Oxnard Harbors:

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