Cat Rock

Go to Cat Rock on Anacapa Island with Capt. Dan Ryder and Sai Channel Islands
Cat Rock in Santa Ana. This is not a good anchorage in other than flat conditions. ©Marie Delight
Loc: mid-south coast Anacapa Island Lat: N34-00.25 Long: W119-25.50 Last visit: 11/25/09
Tide/Sun/Moon/WX Dist: 15 Prisoner’s Harbor WX
Chart 18729 Anacapa Passage Google Map
Skipper: Capt. Dan Boat: S/Y Sancerre Capt. Dan Port: Channel Islands
Landing Permit see below Local Notice to Mariners NPS Alerts

Approach

Cat Rock at left. Note numerous rocks at datum.
Cat Rock at left. Note numerous rocks at datum.

In calm conditions, you can anchor either east or west of Cat Rock. The east side of the rock provides some shelter from typically west winds and swell, but anchoring in closer to the island (near the 4 fathom mark on Chart provides much better protection.

Looking west to Cat Rock
Looking west to Cat Rock

At best, this is a day anchorage. (Picture at left is looking west. Santa Cruz Island is in the background)

Hazards

Rocks near datum

Study the chart carefully as there is a reef between Cat Rock and the shore and innumerable rocks near shore.

Crab and lobster pots. This spot attracts fishermen of all sorts but particularly those looking for invertebrates.

Kelp is often thick here.

Sights

Cat Rock from Frenchys. Excellent tide pools here.
Cat Rock from Frenchys. Excellent tide pools here.

Tide pools just NE of Cat Rock give a great view of the life in the intertidal zone. Whether you access the area from Frenchys or the Cat Rock side, you’ll need a tender or kayak. Or, for those hardier than we are, a wetsuit. Currents can be quite strong and wave action more than you want to attempt in a sit-on-top kayak. Scope it out before you paddle in too close.

Landing Permits

There are some important restrictions for going ashore on Anacapa. Here’s what the National Park Service website requires:

A permit is not required to go ashore and/or hike on East Anacapa Island or at Frenchys Cove. West Anacapa (except Frenchys Cove) is a protected research natural area and is closed to visitors. Visitors are allowed on Middle Anacapa (where East Fish Camp is) by permit only and when accompanied by a park ranger.  More information for Channel Islands boaters is at NPS Boating.

Updates

 

If you have new or amplifying information concerning this anchorage or the surrounding area, please contact Capt. Dan. His e-mail link and phone are top left.

Links

NPS Anacapa info

Sail for just a few hours …. or several days