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Checking In


You may check in to your campsite any time after 2 pm on your reservation start date. 
When you arrive, present your reservation voucher or confirmation number and a form of photo identification.

If you arranged for a discount when you made your reservation, proof of eligibility must be shown at this time.

Campsite assignments are made upon your arrival unless your reservation is in a site specific park. If you reserve 2 sites in a non site specific park, the park staff will try to assign adjacent campsites, subject to availability.

Dogs must be kept on leashes no longer than 6' and in a tent or enclosed vehicle at night. Except for service animals, pets are not allowed in park buildings, on trails, or on most beaches.

Check out by noon on your departure date. Please leave the campsite in good condition. The camper who follows you will appreciate it.

Cancellation Policy


The $8.00 reservation fee is non-refundable

If you cancel a reservation, a cancellation fee of $7.50 will be assessed per reservation. Cancellations can be done online or by calling the Call Center.

If you need to change your arrival/departure date and/or site, you must call ReserveAmerica at 1-800-695-2269 by 5:00 PM the day before your arrival date. A change fee of $8.00 will be assessed per reserved campsite.

If you cancel your reservation after 5:00 PM the day before your arrival date, the campsite fee for one night is forfeited

  • Big Basin, Clear Lake, Samuel P. Taylor and McArthur Burney Cabin reservation holders will forfeit the first night fees when cancelling 6 or fewer days prior to arrival.

A campsite will be held for you until 12:00 NOON the day after your arrival date. If you have not called the park before that time, you will be considered a "no show" and the park will cancel your reservation. You will be refunded the amount paid for the campsite, less the non-refundable $8.00 reservation fee, the $7.50 cancellation fee, and one night use fee. If you miss your first day but plan to arrive later, you must call the park each day to hold the remainder of your reservation.

If you must leave the park one or more days early, you must check out before 12:00 NOON. Retain your camping confirmation letter until you have received your refund or your charge card has been credited. Allow at least 30 days to receive your refund.

If California State Parks closes a campground due to an emergency or disaster, ReserveAmerica will make every effort to notify you. In these cases, all fees will be refunded as soon as possible.

In cases of inclement weather, when the campground remains open, but you choose to leave, refunds will be issued based on the early out policy.

Family Camping


Family campsites accommodate up to 8 people. They are developed campsites with amenities that vary from park to park, and may include fire pits or fire rings, picnic tables, showers, a water supply, and a cleared area for your tent.

Each campground has a limit on the consecutive number of nights a camper may stay. Once this consecutive night limit has been reached, the campground must be vacated, and no one in the party may return to camp in the same park for 48 hours.

A parent or guardian must accompany youths under 18 years of age. The Supervising Ranger may approve the stay of a youth that presents written consent from the parent or guardian that states the dates of the authorized stay and the park name.

Fees include entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer.

A maximum of 2 licensed vehicles/autos, travel, boat, and utility trailers-may be parked at most campsites.

Campers may stay in the same park up to 30 nights in a calendar year.

Group Camping


Group campsites accommodate groups as small as 9 or as large as 100, depending on the park. At some campgrounds, group sites can be combined for larger groups. Your reservation agent can help you with names and locations of these campgrounds.

Youth groups (under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by at least 1 adult for every 15 youths.

Stays are limited to 7 nights.

Environmental Camping


Environmental campsites are located in relatively undisturbed natural settings. Each site has a table, a clearing for your tent, and a primitive toilet nearby. Environmental campsite fees and hike-in distances vary between parks.

Plan ahead to arrive at your campsite before dark.

No pets are allowed, except service animals.

Stays are limited to 7 nights.

Alternative Camping

California State Parks also has alternative camping, such as rustic cabins, cottages, tent cabins, floating campsites, and yurts.  Please check the following parks and their websites for more information.

BIG BASIN TENT CABINS
http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Big_Basin_Tent_Cabins/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=CA&parkId=120111&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

BOTHE-NAPA VALLEY SP (3 YURTS)
http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Bothe_Napa_Valley_Sp/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=CA&parkId=120011&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

BRANNAN ISLAND SRA
http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Brannan_Island_Sra/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=CA&parkId=120012&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

CLEAR LAKE CABINS
http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Clear_Lake_Sp_Cabins/r/campgroundDetails.do?page=details&contractCode=CA&parkId=123600&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

COLUMBIA HOTEL AND COTTAGES
http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Columbia_Hotels_And_Cottages/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=CA&parkId=123100&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

CRYSTAL COVE BEACH COTTAGES
http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Crystal_Cove_Beach_Cottages/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=CA&parkId=120742&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

CUYAMACA RANCHO SP
http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Cuyamaca_Rancho_Sp/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=CA&parkId=120023&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

HENDY WOODS SP
http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Hendy_Woods_Sp/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=CA&parkId=120040&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

LAKE OROVILLE SRA FLOATING CAMP SITES
http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Lake_Oroville_Sra/r/campgroundDetails.do?page=details&contractCode=CA&parkId=120046&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

LITTLE BASIN SP
http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Little_Basin_State_Park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=CA&parkId=123507&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

MALAKOFF DIGGINS SHP
http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Malakoff_Diggins_Shp/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=CA&parkId=120050&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

MCARTHUR-BURNEY FALLS MEM SP CABINS
http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Mcarthur_Burney_Falls_Mem_Sp_Cabins/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=CA&parkId=120743&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

MOUNT TAMALPAIS SP
http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Mount_Tamalpais_Sp/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=CA&parkId=120063&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

SAMUEL P. TAYLOR CABINS
http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Samuel_P_Taylor_Sp_Cabins/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=CA&parkId=123750&topTabIndex=CampingSpot