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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 […]

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California State Parks Accepting Applications for Round 4 of the Competitive Statewide Park Program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. July 10, 2020— California State Parks is now accepting applications for Round 4 of the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Grant Program funded by Proposition 68. A total of $395.3 million in competitive grant funding is available to cities, counties, nonprofit organizations, local districts and joint powers authorities to create new parks […]

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State Parks Implements Safety Measures to Reduce Density of Visitors over the Fourth of July Weekend

SACRAMENTO, Calif. July 1, 2020 – California State Parks today announced safety measures to reduce the density of visitors over the Fourth of July weekend (July 3-5) in the State Park System. All state beaches in Los Angeles and Ventura counties will be temporarily fully closed to the public in alignment with county public health orders. […]

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State Parks Seeking Public Comment on Guidelines for $46.2 Million in Grant Funding to Improve Communities

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 22, 2020 – The California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) is seeking public feedback on draft guidelines for $46.2 million in grants to create and improve recreational opportunities in rural communities. Input from the public will help State Parks establish two new statewide grant programs – the Rural Recreation and […]

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California State Parks Advises Public to Recreate Responsibly this Memorial Day Weekend and Summer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. May 21, 2020 – California State Parks is encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to plan properly and recreate responsibly this Memorial Day weekend and summer as the state continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Californians are advised to stay local, continue to practice physical distance of six feet or more, avoid congregating with others outside of […]

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State Parks Advises Californians to Stay Home and Save Lives for this Weekend’s Traditions

SACRAMENTO, Calif.April 10, 2020 – In preparation for one of the busiest weekends in spring, California State Parks is advising the public to stay home and save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of visiting parks and beaches, the department encourages all Californians who celebrate Passover and Easter to do so safely at home or join […]

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California State Parks Closes Vehicular Access at all State Parks

SACRAMENTO, Calif. March 29, 2020 – California State Parks today announced it is temporarily closing vehicle access at all 280 state parks to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). On Saturday, many state parks once again experienced visitation surges that made it impossible for the public to implement appropriate social/ physical distancing practices. During this […]

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California State Parks closes vehicle access temporarily for Empire, South Yuba and Donner Memorial State Parks

March 26, 2020 – California State Parks today announced it is temporarily closing vehicle access to 59 additional state parks and beaches to avoid dangerous visitation surges and help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This brings the total number of state-operated parks and beaches closed to vehicle access to 98. A list of closures […]

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California State Parks Announces Steps to Reduce Crowds at State Parks to Help Slow Down the Spread of Coronavirus

SACRAMENTO, Calif. March 23, 2020 – California State Parks today announced that it is taking additional safety measures to reduce crowds and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Many state parks and beaches received record visitation over the weekend which made it impossible for the public to implement appropriate social distancing practices. As a result, […]

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California State Parks Temporarily Closes All Campgrounds in the State Park System

SACRAMENTO, Calif.March 17, 2020 –  California State Parks announced today the temporary closure of all campgrounds in the state park system to support state and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). As of today, non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches, remain open. Visitors are reminded to practice social distancing and maintain […]

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California State Parks May Experience a Moderate Wildflower Bloom This Spring Season

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 9, 2020 – California State Parks announced today that its desert state parks may experience a moderate wildflower bloom this spring season depending on the continued weather conditions. The unique combination of sun, rain, temperature and wind define the stage for the springtime arrival of wildflowers. Last year, hundreds of thousands of […]

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Kincade Fire, Public Safety Power Shutoffs Force Closures of State Parks in Northern California

SACRAMENTO, Calif.October 28, 2019 – California State Parks has closed a number of state parks due to the Kincade Fire and/or Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) in Northern California. Camping reservation holders have been contacted with cancellation information. Some parks remain open, but with limited services. The public is advised to avoid the following parks […]

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State Parks Provides List of Park Units Impacted by Red Flag Warnings and PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California State Parks released today a list of park units being affected by red flag warnings and PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).   The state park units impacted include the following:   Calaveras Big Trees State Park: Open but services may be limited. Visitor center may close. Columbia State Historic Park: Open but […]

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California Accepting Applications for On-the-Water Boating Safety Education Grants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Oct. 7, 2019 — The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is now accepting Aquatic Center Education Grant applications to help keep water enthusiasts safe on California’s waterways. Local public agencies, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities operating on-the-water boating safety education programs within California can apply for these education grants. The application deadline is […]

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South Parking Lot at South Yuba River State Park to Close Temporarily for Bridgeport Covered Bridge Renovation

The south parking lot will be closed during the renovation but the north lot willremain open. Those heading into the river must use the portage areas at Family Beach and Kneebone Beach for their safety. Signs wiil be posted to direct visitors. SOUTH YUBA RIVER, Calif. May 30, 2019 – Starting Wednesday, June 12, California […]

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California State Parks Extends Application Deadline for Ranger and Lifeguard Cadet Academy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. May 23, 2019— California State Parks is extending its application deadline for the 2020 State Park Peace Officer (SPPO) Cadet Academy for two weeks to allow more candidates time to apply. All applicants must submit an application by Monday, June 17, 2019, to be considered for the Cadet Academy. Successful applicants will attend an […]

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State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways Warns of Cold Water Hazards during Spring Snowmelt

SACRAMENTO, Calif. March 20, 2019 – With the Sierra Nevada snowpack estimated at 153 percent of average, California’s Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is warning water enthusiasts including anglers to take extra precautions this spring. Rivers will continue to rise as snow melts and will be dangerously cold. Simple actions such as knowing the water […]