Camping at Lava Wall

Lava Wall is truly a dramatic and beautiful location for camping, and beach activities. The beach is quite long – maybe about 1/4 mile – and is mainly smooth cobblestone with more sand near the waters edge. The backdrop is a huge lava wall cliff face (giving this site its name), which makes it shady in the afternoon.

The Ocean is generally calm here in the summer months, in the spring, fall and winter, NW wind swell can mean waves on the beach. In the summer, you’ll often find pools behind the beach left over from the winter rains.

Snorkeling and diving is possible here, at either end of the beach, with a good variety of fish and marine life to observe. Hiking is not-so-great here, but you can clamber around and find some doable routes if that’s your style- just watch for rattlesnakes.

Lava Wall Campsites

There are two campsites here, both right on the beach. Because the beach is so long, you can get a decent amount of separation from other campers. Both campsites have a picnic table. There is no sunshade here, except for the cliff blocking the afternoon sun. Each campsite can handle about 6 people.

Video: Kayak Camping to Lava Wall

Lava Wall Camping Map

Other Boat In Campsites on Catalina Island

There are a total of 17 boat in campsite spread between 9 locations. For more information on other camping areas, rules, fees, and how to book reservations, visit our page on boat-in camping on Catalina Island.

Use the links below to visit each of the boat in campsites on Catalina Island