Parsons Landing Campground is hike-in campground located on the far north end of Catalina Island in Southern California, about 8 miles from the Two Harbors ferry terminal. Parsons Landing is a primitive beach campground that is very secluded. All of the campsites are on the sand. Along with Little Harbor Campground, Parsons Landing Campground is one of the more remote campgrounds on Catalina Island, with no direct access to camping supplies that are not reserved in advance.
Getting to Parsons Landing Campground requires a ferry ride from Long Beach, Dana Point, or San Pedro to Avalon or Two Harbors, and then hiking into the campground.
One of the big attractions to Catalina Island is the buffalo (well, really they are bison, not buffalo) that roam the island. As you are walking around Catalina Island, you will see large hoof prints in the dirt and mud from the bison, but don’t worry they likely will steer clear of you and will not come to visit you in your tent at night.
Camping at Parsons Landing is a backpacking experience, there is no drinking water or shade structures at the campground. Access to port-a-potties is available. Firewood and propane can be reserved in advance when reserving your campsite, along with kayaks and other water toys.
Parsons Landing Campground Features
|Campground Type:||Organized, Primitive|
|Number of Campsites:||8 Campsites|
|Cost:||Summer (March 9th through October 27th) – Adults $21, Children $12 Winter (October 28th through January 2nd) – Adults $16, Children $8|
|Drinking Water:||None – Must be purchased in advance|
|Hiking Access:||Yes – Hiking Trails nearby|
|Cell Phone Service:||Possible – Some Carriers|
|Operating Season:||Open Year-round|
|Other:||An additional $16 per site is charged for Parsons Landing to your first day’s stay for 1 bundle of firewood & 2.5 gallons of water. These items are kept in a locker at Parson’s Landing. Pick up your locker key at Visitor Services in Two Harbors.|
If you encounter one of Catalina Island’s buffalo in Parsons Landing Campground, or while hiking, give them plenty of space. The buffalo are normally docile and do not bother with people, however they can charge at you if they feel threatened.
|Geo Coordinates:||33.473136, -118.549630|
|Nearest City/Town:||Two Harbors, California|
|Location:||Los Angeles County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||No|
|Proximity to Stores:||8 miles to Two Harbors, California|
|Directions:||The best way to get to Catalina Island and Parsons Landing Campground is via the Catalina Express ferry from San Pedro, Dana Point, or Long Beach.|
|Phone:||310.510.TENT (8368)||Facebook:||Catalina Island Conservancy Facebook Page|
|Web:||Santa Catalina Island Company||Twitter:||Catalina Island Conservancy Twitter Feed|
|Reservations:||Santa Catalina Island Company|
When To Go
Winter – Weather on Catalina Island is pretty mild and the campgrounds are empty in the winter. Highs in the summer can exceed 90 degrees.
Tuesday 09/19 10%
High 72° / Low 64°
Cloudy early with peeks of sunshine expected late. High 72F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday 09/20 10%
High 71° / Low 64°
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 71F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday 09/21 20%
High 71° / Low 63°
Mostly cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 71F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.
Friday 09/22 0%
High 72° / Low 63°
Sunny. High 72F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph.
Saturday 09/23 0%
High 73° / Low 66°
Sunny. High 73F. SE winds shifting to WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday 09/24 0%
High 78° / Low 68°
A mainly sunny sky. High 78F. NE winds shifting to W at 10 to 15 mph.
What To Do
Hike the Trans-Catalina Trail, which is runs the entire length of the island and connects all of the campgrounds.
You may be able to catch a glimpse of one of Catalina Island’s many bison. The bison were brought to Catalina for a movie shoot in the 1920’s and have been inhabiting the island ever since.
Image Credits: David McCracken