The Channel Islands Harbor, owned by the County of Ventura, is located 60 miles north of Los Angeles, halfway between LA and Santa Barbara. It has a long, colorful history, having been carved out of the sand dunes, which at one time served the needs of Hollywood’s silver screen stars. The process began with the dredging of the Harbor in 1960. After five years of preparation, the Harbor was dedicated on May 30, 1965 by Richard Bard, an organizer and financial supporter of the project. Today, Channel Islands Harbor serves as a center of recreation, boating, shopping, and water sports activities. Special events are held at the Harbor throughout the year.