San Miguel Island Closed for Bomb Sweep
updated: Apr 22, 2014, 7:00 AM
San Miguel Island (Photo by John Wiley)
Source: National Parks Service
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. 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.
San Miguel Island (Photo by Max Rosenberg)
Date: April 17, 2014
Contact: Naval Air Base Ventura County, 805-989-9234
POINT MUGU, Calif. - Effectively immediately, public visits to San Miguel Island (SMI), part of Channel
Islands National Park (CINP), are temporarily suspended.
Due to safety concerns, the Department of the Navy, which is the landowner at SMI and is represented
locally by Naval Base Ventura County, has asked the National Park 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
wellbeing 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."
For more information regarding Naval Base Ventura County, please call the NBVC public affairs office at
For more information about National Park Service programs at CINP, call the NPS public information office
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