Replacement of Pier at Scorpion Harbor, Santa Cruz Island
The alternatives considered included taking no action, replacing the pier in its existing location, and replacing the pier at a location approximately 300 feet to the south of the existing location. The preferred alternative is to construct a longer, wider pier to the south of the existing pier that will include a gangway for improved and safer visitor access.
Scorpion Anchorage is the most visited destination in the park, with about 65,000 people coming ashore each year to enjoy recreational activities such as hiking, picnicking, camping, kayaking, swimming and snorkeling. Scorpion Anchorage is a semi-protected ocean environment that poses challenges in making boat to pier transitions safely, particularly during strong ocean swell conditions.
Sterling Holdorf, Chief of Maintenance, Channel Islands National Park
The Channel Islands National Park of the National Park Service (NPS) has announced the release of the Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the replacement of the pier at Scorpion Anchorage on East Santa Cruz Island. The park plans to replace the existing pier in order to provide safe, accessible, efficient, and sustainable access for visitors at Scorpion Anchorage. The new pier will provide more reliable access during low tide conditions for concessioner and National Park Service vessels.