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Boating in Catalina

Catalina is a boater’s paradise. A short sail from many points on the mainland, the Island presents numerous opportunities for exploration and enjoyment. The
two largest harbors, Avalon (400 moorings) and Two Harbors (239 moorings), provide many amenities. Additionally there are moorings at 16 other coves. Many coves also provide anchorage. Catalina Island Camping at (310) 510-TENT, is a good source of information about outlying coastal areas, including facts about moorings, anchorages, prices, and safety.

Other important numbers are for the Isthmus Harbor Department: (310) 510-4253 or VHF channel 9 for all areas outside Avalon, the U.S. Coast Guard: (310) 732-2044 or VHF channel 16, and the L.A. County Lifeguard-Paramedic Rescue Boat: 911 or VHF channel 16.

Avalon

Services in Avalon

Moorings Around The Island

Over 700 moorings located west of Whites Landing are operated by the Isthmus Harbor Department. These moorings are available on a first come, first serve basis. Charges are based on the vessel size and the length of stay. For more information or a boater’s guide contact the Isthmus Harbor Department at (310) 510-4253.

Below is a list of anchorages and moorings around the island. Most often are in isolated areas with striking views.

Boat-In Camping

Two Harbors administers a number of primitive beach campsites, accessible only by boat. There are no man-made improvements in these coves, so campers will need to bring their own equipment (or rent it from Two Harbors with advance reservations) including porta-potties. Campers also need to remove all that they bring with them. The locations include:

For more information on cost and availability call Two Harbors Camping at (800) 785-8425.

Weather

Weather information is available from several sources. From L.A call (805) 278-0760 for marine weather. By radio, updated round-the-clock by the National Weather Service, VHF channel Wx-1; or, from FAA LA use beacon band 332 kHz. Note that the trip across the Santa Barbara/ Catalina Channel may be difficult at times; wave heights vary greatly according to the weather. So too, during the winter months changes in swell-direction may occur due to the Santa Ana winds, affecting the safety of anchorages.