Hurricane Damage Closes Santa Barbara Island At Channel Islands National Park

Damage from Hurricane Marie has forced the temporarily closure of Santa Barbara Island at Channel Islands National Park off the California coast.

Park officials say high surf generated by the storm damaged several pilings on the landing dock, and the pier landing ladder detached and washed away. Boaters should be aware of floating debris.

The closure will be in place until the dock structure can be repaired and a new ladder fabricated and installed. The closure is expected to last over a month. This is the second closure this year on Santa Barbara Island due to storm surge.

Santa Barbara Island is the southernmost, smallest, and one of the least-visited islands within Channel Islands National Park. It is located more than 50 miles from Ventura and about 24 miles from neighboring Catalina Island.