In the interest of public safety, the U.S. Navy is closing San Miguel Island until further notice due to recent concerns of possible unexploded ordnance. San Miguel Island was an active bombing range from WWII through the 1970s.
POINT MUGU, CA — Effectively immediately, public visits to San Miguel Island (SMI), part of the Channel Islands National Park (CINP), are temporarily suspended.
Due to safety concerns, the Department of the Navy, which is the land owner at SMI and is represented locally by Naval Base Ventura County, has asked the National Parks Service via the CINP Superintendent’s office to halt all recreational visits to the island.
The island was used as part of a bombing range during and after World War II. The closure is necessary to ensure public safety while the Navy conducts a risk assessment and, if necessary, clean up at the island. The length of the closure will depend on the risk assessment findings, but the island will likely not reopen to visitors this year.
“The Navy is dedicated to the conservation of our national resources, of which the Channel Islands are a unique and critical piece,” said Capt. Larry Vasquez, NBVC’s commanding officer. “But the safety and well being of NPS personnel and those who visit San Miguel Island are our highest concern. We are working closely with our federal partners to ensure the park is a safe and inviting place to visit.”
San Miguel Island is owned by the U.S. Department of Defense and is managed by the National Park Service under a memorandum of agreement.
Pursuant to the Authority of the Superintendent under the Code of Federal Regulations Title 36 section 1.5 (a)(1)&(2) and section 2.1(a)(2) San Miguel Island is closed to all public entry.