Long Point State Marine Reserve (SMR) lies about five miles northwest of Avalon and five miles southeast of Two Harbors, midway between the only two towns on Santa Catalina Island. The SMR spans about two miles of shoreline on the coast between Goat Harbor and Long Point and encompasses nearly two square miles of ocean habitat.
One of the most wave-sheltered portions of the eastern Channel Islands, Long Point SMR has some of the best dive sites on the island. Boat-in campsites dot the SMR’s coastline. Harbor seals rest on the shores of the SMR, and rays, angel sharks, and sheep crabs reside in the sandy, sheltered coves. Further offshore, the sandy seafloor gives way to rocky reef habitat. Moray eels, blue-banded gobies, garibaldi, and California spiny lobster live in and around the crevices and ledges of the jagged seafloor. This marine protected area (MPA) reaches depths of about 750 feet, where elk kelp creates shelter for rockfish, barracuda, and schools of mackerel. This is also a notable aggregation site for spawning giant sea bass during late summer.
It is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource.
California Code of Regulations Title 14, Section 632(b)(126)(opens in new tab)
MPA size: 1.67 square miles
Shoreline span: 2.3 miles
Depth range: 0 to 749 feet
- Rock: 0.03 square miles
- Sand/mud: 1.65 square miles