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Division of Boating and Waterways Encourages Outdoor Enthusiasts to Boat Responsibly as 2022 Boating Season Begins

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways is joining boating education professionals across the country in reminding recreational boaters to boat responsibly during National Safe Boating Week (May 21-27) and year-round. Simple actions such as wearing a life jacket and getting the California Boater Card can help improve safety on California’s waterways.   […]

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California Simplifies Annual Day Use Pass Program for CalWORKs Families

SACRAMENTO, Calif.March 3, 2022— California State Parks and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) have made it easier for CalWORKs families to receive a free annual, vehicle day-use pass valid at 200+ state parks and beaches. Now, families receiving CalWORKS can complete the application on their smartphone in just minutes. By simplifying the application process, […]

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California State Parks Urges Public To Help Reimagine Big Basin Redwoods State Park

BOULDER CREEK, Calif. February 4, 2022 – California State Parks is urging the public to get involved and to learn more about the “Reimagining Big Basin” project, a project that will memorialize the broad vision for reestablishing California’s oldest State Park. With the loss of all park infrastructure in the 2020 CZU Fire, the park […]

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State Parks Reminds Visitors to Preserve Historic Sites at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

California State Parks is urging visitors to Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (SRA) to help protect historic resources by not handling, removing, or destroying artifacts or ruins along the lakebed. Artifacts once belonging to immigrants seeking fortune along the American River are now exposed due to historic low-water levels. These sites and artifacts are protected by both […]

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California State Parks Offers Free Admission to Veterans, Active and Reserve Military Members on Memorial Day – May 31, 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California State Parks is honoring the service of veterans, active and reserve military members, by offering them free admission to participating parks on Memorial Day – Monday, May 31, 2021. A total of 134 park units will be honoring the free admission this year, including state vehicular recreation areas and the California State Railroad Museum.  “Thank […]

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State Parks Launches New Virtual Programs to Prevent Drownings on CA Waterways Starting April 1

SACRAMENTO, Calif. March 30, 2021— California State Parks today announced a new series of virtual programs to help prevent drownings when recreating in California’s waterways. The first AquaSMART Live! Lifeguard Program, set for this Thursday, April 1 at 2 p.m. on the department’s Facebook page, will focus on river safety. Participants will be able to travel […]

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California State Parks Seeking Rangers and Lifeguards to “Live the Parks Life”

SACRAMENTO, Calif. March 29, 2021 – California State Parks invites individuals to “Live the Parks Life” as rangers and lifeguards in the nation’s largest state park system.  For more than 150 years, rangers and lifeguards have worked closely with the state’s network of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to protect visitors to California’s State Park System […]

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Division of Boating and Waterways Offers $4.25 Million in Grants to Enhance Public Safety and Protect California’s Waterways

SACRAMENTO, Calif. March 19, 2021 – The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is now accepting grant applications to help local public entities enhance safety on California’s waterways, and protect them from abandoned and unwanted vessels. The application period for the competitive grant programs, Boating Safety and Enforcement Equipment (BSEE) and Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel […]

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California Seeking Volunteers to Help Keep Waterways Clean

SACRAMENTO, Calif. February 8, 2021 – California’s Boating Clean and Green Program is looking for individuals to become Dockwalkers to help keep the ocean, lakes and reservoirs clean. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, recreational boaters continue to recreate in California’s waterways. The need to share clean boating practices with the recreational community, while abiding to […]

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California State Parks Reopening Campground Sites for Existing Reservation Holders

SACRAMENTO, Calif. January 28, 2021 — With the Regional Stay at Home Order lifted for all regions in the state, California State Parks today announced the reopening of campground sites for existing reservation holders. The department will be using a phased approach to reopen other state campground sites for new reservations starting today, Jan. 28, 2021. The public is […]

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California State Parks Announces Application Workshops for Rural and Regional Park Grants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. December 21, 2020 – California State Parks is offering virtual application workshops to help local agencies and non-profit organizations prepare for a combined $46.2 million in funding for two new competitive statewide grant programs. The online application workshops will take place starting Jan. 12, 2021 through Feb. 4, 2021 for the Regional Park and […]

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State Parks to Temporarily Close Campgrounds and Keep Day Use Areas Open in Regions Impacted by Regional Stay at Home Order Triggered by ICU Capacity

SACRAMENTO, Calif. December 7, 2020 – California State Parks announced that state campsites in regions impacted by California’s Regional Stay at Home Order triggered by Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity will temporarily close. Day use outdoor areas of park units currently open to the public will remain accessible, including trails and beaches. Members of the same household are encouraged to maintain […]

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State and Federal Officials Advise Outdoor Enthusiasts to Recreate Responsibly in the Great Outdoors This Thanksgiving Weekend

SACRAMENTO, Calif. November 24, 2020 – With the Thanksgiving holiday weekend approaching, California State Parks, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)), and California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) advise outdoor enthusiasts to recreate responsibly by being prepared, flexible and respectful when venturing into the outdoors. With many activities limited during the COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor […]

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State Parks recommends Nevada City’s Sugarloaf Mountain Trail to receive $216,411 dollars for new trail

SACRAMENTO, Calif. November 2, 2020 – California State Parks today announced recommendations for $5.6 million in funding for eight local non-motorized trail projects under the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Funding from this program helps improve the quality of life for the nation’s communities by providing access for all to the outdoors. The […]

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State Parks Advises Californians to Plan Ahead This Labor Day Weekend Amid COVID-19 and Wildfires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. September 3, 2020 – California State Parks advises Californians to plan ahead this Labor Day weekend since 46 units remain fully closed due to COVID-19 and wildfires. The department is also closing all state beaches in Monterey County and implementing full or partial vehicle access closures in Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz counties. Being prepared, abiding by […]

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Impacts of Jones Fire on the Independence Trail in South Yuba River State Park

Nevada County, Calif. August 20, 2020 – The Jones Fire continues to burn in Nevada County while several agencies work jointly to combat the fire, protect life and property, and assess damages. California State Parks Department Resources Team is in the area of the burn today to assess damages to natural, cultural, and recreational resources […]

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California State Parks Closes Camping at Turlock Lake State Recreation Area to Reduce Spread of COVID-19

LA GRANGE, Calif. August 6, 2020 — California State Parks today announced the temporary closure of Turlock Lake State Recreation Area’s campground area to avoid visitation surges and reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The closure is effective Friday, August 7. Current reservation holders are being contacted via email by ReserveCalifornia and refunds will be automatic. Walk-up reservations will […]