Anacapa Island dock planned for replacement

Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Ethan McKinley has announced the beginning of the design planning process to replace the existing deteriorating dock at Anacapa Island to improve visitor access and safety.

To improve safety, the new dock will have a vertical lifting platform that will allow visitors and park staff to easily move from vessels to the landing dock. This new lift system requires widening the dock footprint by approximately six feet.

The new dock, designed to last 50 years, will be about two feet higher than the existing landing with the ability to later be raised an additional three feet in the event of sea level rise.

The dock replacement project will also enhance visitor experience, improve passenger and cargo operations, preserve cultural landscape characteristics, increase sustainability, and ensure the protection of marine and terrestrial environments.

To ensure the safety of park visitors, Anacapa Island will be temporarily closed to the public while construction takes place. Construction is estimated to occur in fall 2021. Updates on the project schedule will be posted on the park website at

The public is invited to attend a virtual meeting to learn about the dock project on Wednesday, September 23 at 3:00 pm.

To join visit and use access code 133 653 5468 and password SRyJgdVr254. Join by phone via 1-404-397-1516 US Toll or

1-877-309-3457 US Toll Free.

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking your input to help inform the planning process for the Anacapa Island Dock Replacement project. To submit comments during the open comment period of September 9 through October 9, 2020, visit the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment project page at

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