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California State Parks Announces Folsom Lake State Recreation Area Concession Opportunity

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | View PDF

California State Parks is now accepting proposals for a concession contract to develop, equip, operate and maintain the Shadow Glen equestrian stables within the Mississippi Bar area of Folsom Lake State Recreation Area in Sacramento County. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is being issued for a ten-year concession contract.

COLOMA GOLD RUSH LIVE

Monday, September 22, 2014 | View PDF

Marshall Gold Discovery State Park will host a weekend celebration focused on California’s rich Gold Rush history. The event will take place on Saturday October 11 and Sunday October 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and is open to all visitors.

Fires Banned at Monterey Area State Beaches Due to Increased Fire Danger, Drought

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | View PDF

Effective immediately, California State Parks is banning beach fires on state beaches within the Monterey District to minimize any fire dangers.

The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) the San Francisco Estuary Partnership (SFEP) Provide Free Sewage Mobile Pumpout Services for Boaters in the Delta

Monday, September 15, 2014 | View PDF

The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and the San Francisco Estuary Partnership (SFEP) partnered this past Labor Day Weekend with local mobile pumpout company Septic Brothers to provide free pumpouts to boaters in the Delta.

Tomales Bay State Park “Celebrates the Coast”

Friday, September 12, 2014 | View PDF

Celebrate our connection the Coast by participating in activities on the beach and in the water! Join Tomales Bay State Park, Inverness as it “Celebrates the Coast” - an event held in recognition of the California Coastal Commission “Coastweeks” initiative - on Sunday, September 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Muse Sarcophagus Back on Display at Hearst Castle®

Friday, September 12, 2014 | View PDF

After a lengthy process of conservation treatment that spanned several years, the Nine Muse Sarcophagus is back on display at Hearst Castle® in the hilltop location chosen by William Randolph Hearst.

Low Water Levels at Folsom Lake SRA Slow Boaters Speed Limit to 5 MPH

Monday, September 08, 2014 | View PDF

California State Parks is imposing a speed limit of 5 miles per hour (mph) at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area beginning tomorrow, September 9. Water conditions are low enough in many places to make for hazardous boating and reduce public safety. 

Media Advisory: California State Parks to Showcase Local Quilts at the Stanford Mansion on "Second Saturday"

Friday, September 05, 2014 | View PDF

Second Saturday, Sacramento Art Walk, California State Parks Quilt Display

Sutter’s Mill Reconstruction Project Moves Forward

Friday, September 05, 2014 | View PDF

Construction on a replica of the legendary Sutter’s Mill in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park will pass a significant milestone next week, as framers using traditional methods will lift the second story timbers of the new mill into place on the structure.

California State Parks and Friends of Cardiff & Carlsbad State Beaches Partner on Recycling Efforts

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 | View PDF

California State Parks and non-profit partner, Friends of Cardiff & Carlsbad State Beaches (FCCSB), have completed installation of new recycling and trash receptacles along the State Beaches in Carlsbad, Encinitas and Cardiff. 

California State Parks Commemorates 150th Anniversary in September with Quilt Exhibit at the Stanford Mansion

Friday, August 29, 2014 | View PDF

California State Parks’ 150th Anniversary commemoration with quilt display at the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park. Quilt display includes 57 quilts inspired by state parks.

California State Parks Announces Temporary Closure of Caswell Memorial State Park Overnight Camping Due to Safety Concerns

Thursday, August 28, 2014 | View PDF

California State Parks is announcing today the temporary closure of overnight camping at Caswell Memorial State Park for public safety purposes due to recent incidents of tree branch failures that have resulted in property damages.

Bidwell Launch Ramp Open

Thursday, August 28, 2014 | View PDF

Lake Oroville State Recreation Area (LOSRA) will be opening a low water gravel launch ramp at Bidwell Canyon on August 27, 2014.

California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways Encourages Boating Safety During Labor Day Weekend

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | View PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) anticipates an increased number of recreational boaters during the Labor Day weekend on the State’s waterways, and is urging boaters to take the proper safety precautions.

California State Parks Announces Two Historic-Style Specialty Food Concession Opportunities

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | View PDF

California State Parks is currently accepting proposals for the operation of two specialty concession contracts in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park within San Diego County, California.

California State Parks, San Diego Coast District Seeks Public Input on Fitness-Related Concession Opportunities

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | View PDF

California State Parks will be holding a public meeting to seek input on beach fitness-related concessions to determine the future development and operation of non-aquatic fitness services at multiple locations on California State beaches in San Diego County.

Drought Conditions Result in Boat Ramp Closure at Clear Lake State Park

Monday, August 25, 2014 | View PDF

Due to serious drought conditions and dangerously low water levels at Clear Lake State Park, the boat ramp at the park was closed to the public on Thursday, August 21, 2014 for safety concerns.

California State Parks Offers New Distance Learning Program at Angel Island State Park for California Students

Monday, August 25, 2014 | View PDF

The California State Parks award-winning “Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students” (PORTS) program is launching a new distance learning unit at Angel Island State Park beginning this September 2014.

Discover the Wild, the Weird, and the Wonderful at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | View PDF

California State Parks will commemorate it’s 150th Anniversary with a day of fun focusing on the natural environment of Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds.

California State Parks Recommends Bay Area Projects for Federal Grant

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 | View PDF

Today, California Department of Parks and Recreation Acting Director, Lisa Ann L. Mangat, announced recommendations to the National Park Service for $1 million in funding for two local park projects under the new federal Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program. Grant funding for this new $3 million national competitive program is made available to the projects selected by the National Park Service.

Rindge Dam in Malibu Creek State Park to Close to Public

Monday, August 18, 2014 | View PDF

The Rindge Dam area of Malibu Creek State Park will be closed to public access effective Thursday, August 21, 2014, until further notice.

Showers Available at El Capitan State Beach

Monday, August 18, 2014 | View PDF

Showers at El Capitan State Beach will again be available to visitors starting today Monday, August 18, 2014.

Gaviota State Park Water Shut Off Due to Water Leak

Monday, August 18, 2014 | View PDF

Due to a water line break at Gaviota State Park, water will not be available to visitors at the campground and Day-Use areas.

Multi-Use Trail Project to Begin at Bill’s Trail in Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Thursday, August 14, 2014 | View PDF

A trail project to expand recreational access on the popular Bill’s Trail in Samuel P. Taylor State Park will begin later this month.

Boating and Waterways Commission to Advise and Comment on $800,000 in Boating Facility Improvement Grants

Thursday, August 14, 2014 | View PDF

The California Boating and Waterways Commission (Commission) meets August 20 in Pittsburg to advise and comment on $800,000 in boating facility improvement grants.

McGrath State Beach to close due to flooding

Friday, August 08, 2014 | View PDF

McGrath State Beach will be closing for all camping and day-use effective Sunday August 10, 2014 at Noon until further notice. The park will be closing due to flooding, which is impacting all areas of the park.

Half Moon Bay’s John Hernandez Bridge Needs Full Replacement, According to Assessment

Friday, August 08, 2014 | View PDF

California State Parks today released an assessment conducted on the John Hernandez Bridge—also known as the Pilarcitos Creek Bridge—in Half Moon Bay State Beach, indicating the bridge has extensive corrosion damage and will need full replacement.

Drought Conditions Force Closure of Restrooms at Butano State Park

Friday, August 08, 2014 | View PDF

In response to drought conditions that are currently affecting the water supply for Butano State Park, California State Parks will be closing the campground restroom facilities that provide flush toilets.

Road Restrictions Lifted, All Highways Open to McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

Thursday, August 07, 2014

All highways leading to McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park are now open. The closure of Highway 89 from Susanville and Lassen National Park south of the Highway 299 junction was lifted this morning.

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park Remains Open to the Public Despite Area Fires

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 | View PDF

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is open to the public with no reductions in services, despite wildfires in the north part of the State. However, smoky skies and area road closures may impact visitors.

Historic Grounds Re-Open at William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park

Monday, August 04, 2014 | View PDF

California State Parks is re-opening the grounds in the historic section of the William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park to the public.

Lake Oroville Launch Ramp Status Closes Boat Ramp

Friday, August 01, 2014

Lake Oroville State Recreation Area (LOSRA) will be closing its last launch paved ramp, located at Bidwell Canyon by August 20, 2014, due to dropping water levels.

Camping Closed at Portola Redwoods State Park, and Other Service Reductions

Friday, August 01, 2014

This year's drought has dramatically reduced the water level in Peters Creek, the primary source of water for Portola Redwoods State Park.

Electricity Fair Returns to the Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park

Friday, August 01, 2014

The Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park is hosting the 3rd Annual Electricity Fair on Saturday, September 6, 2014, highlighting one of the world’s oldest hydroelectric facilities.

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR BOATING INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS FOR MARINA OPERATORS ON AUGUST 15, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The National Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) for Marina operators is now available through California State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW). The National Boating Infrastructure Grant is a competitive program open to both publicly owned and privately owned marinas. The deadline to submit applications is August 15, 2014

El Capitan State Beach Showers Shut Off Due to Drought

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Due to the severe drought conditions the State is experiencing, showers at El Capitan State Beach will not be available to visitors starting tomorrow July 31, 2014.

California State Historical Resources Commission To Consider Fifteen Properties for Action

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

This week, the California State Historical Resources Commission will consider eleven nominations for federal historic designation, and four nominations for state historic designation.

New Entry Access Completed at Olompali State Historic Park

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The new entry access to Olompali State Historic Park (SHP) has been completed by the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans).

Media Advisory: INNOVATIVE STUDENT-DESIGNED “TENT CABINS” FOR CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS DEBUT AT CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Innovative “tent cabin” designs aimed at attracting non-traditional campers to California State Parks are making their debut at this year’s California State Fair.

California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) Announces Federal Historic Preservation Fund Grants

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

California’s Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) today announced that five cities and counties will receive $172,000 in federal grants to assist local historic preservation programs.

“Take a Walk Through Time” at Bidwell Mansion

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park will be hosting the celebration of John Bidwell’s 195th birthday on Sunday, August 10, which is being sponsored by the Bidwell Mansion Association. The celebration will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Lake Oroville Recreational Opportunities with Low Water Levels

Friday, July 18, 2014

Even with lower water levels than normal, Lake Oroville continues to have recreational opportunities for visitors.

Historic Tree at William B. Ide Adobe SHP Fails, Causes Significant Damage to Historic Structures

Monday, July 14, 2014

At approximately 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 13, 2014, the oak tree that shaded the adobe structure in the center of the historic area of William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park lost a majority of its limbs, causing significant damage to the adobe and several of the other buildings in the park.

The San Francisco Estuary Partnership (SFEP) and California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) Provide Free Sewage Mobile Pumpout Services for Boaters in the Delta

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sewage related human health concerns and environmental impacts are hampering the ability of recreational boaters to enjoy the. Nutrients in both treated and untreated sewage can lead to massive blooms of algae and invasive plant species, making boat launch ramps slippery and confining waterways. Pathogens from sewage can negatively impact the local wildlife and can cause those in contact with the polluted water to become sick.

California State Parks Unveils Exhibit at the 2014 California State Fair

Thursday, July 10, 2014

California State Parks invites visitors of this year’s California State Fair to stop by the State Parks exhibit. The exhibit is located in Building #3, and will feature the history of State Parks—past, present and future—as well as various types of recreation, and natural and cultural resources.

Blue Wing Inn Seismic Stabilization Project Begins in July

Monday, June 30, 2014

This week, a seismic stabilization project for the historic Blue Wing Inn, a unit of Sonoma State Historic Park, is scheduled to begin.

Operation Dry Water Targets Drinking and Boating Dangers June 27-29

Friday, June 27, 2014

California State Parks and other California law enforcement agencies will be out in force during this weekend for Operation Dry Water, a multi-agency effort to promote safety in the State’s waterways.

California State Parks, Yosemite National Park to Commemorate Shared 150th Anniversary

Friday, June 27, 2014

On Monday June 30, California State Parks and Yosemite National Parks will jointly commemorate their shared 150th anniversary.

Hearst Castle Visitor Center to Close Public Restrooms in July for Water Conservation

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

On Monday July 7, 2014, the Hearst Castle Visitor Center will begin implementing water conservation measures to reduce water usage and comply with Governor Brown’s Executive Order to redouble drought actions across the State.

California State Parks Introduces New Annual Park Pass for Kings Beach State Recreation Area and Lake Tahoe Area Parks

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Today, California State Parks is announcing that Kings Beach State Recreation Area (SRA) and other Lake Tahoe area state parks have been added to the “California Park Experience” Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass.