Originally Posted By: Chris Kavanaugh

There are six islands in the califronia coastal islands. Only three fall under park jurisdiction. Two are controlled by the USN
and then there is Santa Catalina 26 miles across the sea to all and sundry.

Wait a minute. Is there another, smaller, more obscure Santa Catalina island in the Channel Islands group or are you talking about the tourist attraction commonly referred to as "Catalina"? Because that would make this story even more interesting.