CIVR Blog: Long Point on Catalina Island

Catalina Island, California

Long Point is the widest point on Catalina Island

Catalina Island offers a number of interesting numbers. 76 square miles. Half a mile wide at its narrowest. 22 miles long. 2,097 feet high at its highest. 54 miles of coastline. One of the most common Catalina Island dimensions is width: Catalina Island is eight miles wide at its widest point. On the lee side, that point is Long Point — a geographic designation and place name that appears on nearly every map of the island.

Like many place names, the exact origin of Long Point is lost to history, but it’s not hard to imagine how it got its name. Long Point juts toward the mainland and is easily spotted from just offshore of either Avalon Harbor or Isthmus Cove. Long Point is nearly at the center of Catalina Island and boaters can frequently find shelter from rough water on one side or the other, depending on the origin of the prevailing swell.  A Coast Guard Light illuminates Long Point to alert boaters to its presence.

Beaches on either side of Long Point on Catalina Island provide respite for kayakers and other paddlers and the area sports one of Catalina Island’s boat-in campsites.

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