General Provisions

California Code of Regulations - Excerpts

4302. Use of Facilities, Payment.
No person shall use or be present in any portion of a unit under control of the Department of Parks and Recreation for which a use fee has been established by the Department, without paying such fee. The shall not apply to state officers and employees on official business nor to persons excepted by the Department for administrative reasons.

4305. Animals.
No person shall molest, hunt, disturb, injure, trap, take, net, poison, harm, or kill any kind of animal or fish, or so attempt, except that fish may be taken other than for commercial purposes in accordance with the state fishing laws and regulations, provided, however, that no person shall use or discharge a spear or bow and arrow in the state park system (except in underwater parks or on designated archery ranges). Where hunting in a state recreation area or portion thereof is permitted by regulations herein, so much of this section as is inconsistent therewith shall be deemed inapplicable, provided hunting is conducted in the manner specified.

4306. Plants and Driftwood.
No person shall willfully or negligently pick, dig up, cut, mutilate, destroy, injure, disturb, move, molest, burn, or carry away any tree or plant or portion thereof, including but not limited to leaf mold, flowers, foliage, berries, fruit, grass, turf, humas, shrubs, cones, and dead wood, except in specific units when authorization by the District Superintendent or Deputy Director of Off-Highway Motor Vehicles to take berries, or gather mushrooms, or gather pine cones, or collect driftwood is posted at the headquarters of the unit to which the authorization applies.

4307. Geological Features.
No person shall destroy, disturb, mutilate, or remove earth, sand, gravel, oil, minerals, rocks, paleontological features, or features of caves except rockhounding may be permitted as defined and delineated in Sections 4610 through 4610.10.

4308. Archaeological Features.
No person shall remove, injure, disfigure, deface, or destroy any object of archaeological, or historical interest or value.

4310. Litter.
No person shall leave, deposit, drop, or scatter bottles, broken glass, ashes, waste paper, cans or other litter in a unit except in a receptacle designated for that purpose, and no person shall import any litter, or import and deposit any litter into or in any unit from other places.

4311. Fire in Stoves, Smoking.
No person shall light, build, use, or maintain a fire within a unit except in a camp stove or fireplace provided, maintained, or designated for such purpose, unless by authority of the Department. Portable camp stoves may be used in portions of units approved by the Department. Upon a finding of extreme fire hazard by the Department no person shall smoke or build fires in portions of units other than those designated by the Department for such purposes.

4312. Dog; Animals.
(a) No person shall bring a dog into, permit a dog to enter or remain, or possess a dog in units under control of the Department of Parks and Recreation unless the dog is on a leash of no more than six feet in length and under the immediate control of a person or confined in a vehicle...No person shall permit a dog or cat to remain outside a tent, camper, or enclosed vehicle during the night...No person shall keep a noisy, vicious, or dangerous dog or animal or one which is disturbing to other persons, in any unit and remain therein after he/she has been asked by a peace officer to leave...

4313. Weapons and Traps.
No person shall carry, possess, or discharge across, in or into any portion of any unit any weapon, firearm, bow and arrow, trap, net, or device capable of injuring, or killing any person or animal, or capturing any animal, or damaging any public or private property, except where the Department of Parks and Recreation finds that it is in its best interests. Nothing herein contained shall be construed in derogation of the use of weapons permitted by law or regulation and to be used for hunting in a unit, or portion thereof, open to hunting. Firearms not having a cartridge in any portion of the mechanism, traps, nets, bows and arrows, other unloaded weapons or devices may be possessed within temporary lodging or mechanical mode of conveyance when such implements are rendered temporarily inoperable or are packed, cased, or stored in a manner that will prevent their ready use.

4314. Fireworks.
No person shall possess, discharge, set off, or cause to be discharged, in or into any portion of a unit any firecrackers, torpedoes, rockets, fireworks, explosives, or substances harmful to the life or safety of persons. The Department may grant exceptions to this section for specified locations and periods of time upon finding that such activity will not endanger persons, property or resources. This section does not apply to explosives lawfully possessed or used under the direction of the Department.

4319. Games and Recreational Activities.
No Person shall engage in games or recreational activities that endanger the safety of person, property, resources or interfere with visitor activities except as permitted by the Department.

4320. Peace and Quiet.
To insure peace and adequate rest for visitors, no person shall so conduct himself that he disturbs others in sleeping quarters or in campgrounds between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily. No person shall, at any time, use outside electronic equipment including electrical speakers, radios, phonographs, television, or other machinery, at a volume which emits sound beyond the immediate individual camp or picnic site without specific permission of the Department. Engine driven electric generators which emit sound beyond the limits of a camp or picnic site may be operated only between the ours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

4321. Assembly.
No person shall conduct or attend an assembly or public demonstration except by permission of the Department upon a finding that such activity would not substantially interfere with park use.

4322. Nudity.
No person shall appear nude while in any unit except in authorized areas set aside for that purpose by the Department. The word nude as used herein means unclothed or in such a state of undress as to expose any part of portion of the pubic or anal region or genitalia of any person or any portion of the breast at or below the areola thereof of any female person.

4324. Sanitation.
(a) No person shall deposit waste, water, sewage or effluent from sinks, portable toilets, or other plumbing fixtures directly upon or into the surface of the ground of water.
No person shall deposit any body waste in or on any portion of any comfort station or other structure except into fixtures provided for that purpose.
No person shall place any bottle, can, cloth, rag, metal, wood, paper, or stone substances in any plumbing fixture in such a manner as would interfere with the normal operation of such fixture.
All comfort stations shall be used in a clean, sanitary and orderly manner.
Urinating or defecating other than in the fixtures provided therefore is prohibited.

4325. Prohibited Area.
To insure the safety and protection of person, and property, to avoid interference in development, construction, and management, or to provide for the security, safeguarding, and preservation of resources and property in any unit and portions thereof, the Department may from time to time upon such findings by order declare a prohibited area, may specify the period therefore, and may from time to time revoke, suspend, repeal, or modify such order. A notice declaring a prohibited areas shall be posted. The order may specify such reasonable classes of person who may enter therein in the conduct of such activities or official duties as the Department may proscribe. No other persons or vehicles may enter or remain in a prohibited area.

4326. Posted Order.
No person shall violate any provision of an order posted pursuant to the provisions of Section 4301(i) thereof.

4327. Use Periods.
The Department may establish periods of use for any unit or portion. Periods of use shall be posed. No person, vessel, or vehicle shall enter or be present in a unit after closing or in portions of units designated closed, except employees or person designated by the Department on official business.

4331. Soliciting.
No person shall solicit, sell, hawk, or peddle any goods, ware, merchandise, services, liquids, or edibles for human consumption or distribute circulars in any unit, except by permit granted by the Department.

California State Park Laws were established to protect the park resources, to administer the parks and to maintain a park atmosphere. All the following sections are contained in the California Code of Regulations. All sections are misdemeanors which carry a maximum punishment of 90 days in jail and/or $1,000 fine. This is only a partial listing of the State Park laws which apply statewide.