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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.


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).


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.

Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds Announces Summer Public Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Beginning Thursday, June 26, 2014, Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds will be offering free public tours during summer months every Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., as well as a weekly Friday afternoon tour at 4:00 p.m. (Exceptions: July 10-12; July 24)

California State Parks Lifeguards Train Great Lakes Police Officer in Water Rescue

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The California State Parks Seasonal Ocean Lifeguard training program will host Police Officer Adam DeBoer from South Haven, Michigan in an effort to make the Great Lakes beaches safer.

Cooper-Molera Adobe Celebrates 4th Of July with Living History Day

Monday, June 23, 2014

On Friday July 4, 2014, the Monterey State Historic Park Association will celebrate Independence Day with our Annual Living History Day at Cooper-Molera Adobe.

California State Parks Seeking Volunteers at Sonoma State Historic Park

Thursday, June 19, 2014

California State Park’s Sonoma State Historic Park is looking for enthusiastic people to volunteer as docents at Lachryma Montis, the Vallejo Home.

Get involved in planning the future of Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area

Friday, June 13, 2014

Juneteenth at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Monday, June 09, 2014

On Saturday June 14, 2014, Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park will host its annual Juneteenth Celebration commemorating the end of the Civil War and slavery.

DBW Begins 2014 Egeria Densa Control Program in Delt

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

In June 2014 California State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) will begin its 2014 Egeria Densa Control Program (EDCP).

State Parks to Host Training Opportunities for Volunteer Archaeological Stewards

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

On the weekend of June 21-22, 2014, California State Parks will host a training workshop offered by the California Archaeological Site Stewardship Program (CASSP) for volunteer archaeological site stewards at the Ed Z’Berg-Sugar Pine State Park.

Mt. Tam State Park Will Celebrate Bootjack Campground and Trail Re-Opening On June 5th

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

California State Parks invites the public to a multi-agency event celebrating the re-opening of Bootjack Campground and Trail on Thursday June 5, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon.

California State Parks and Local Community Partners To Host L.A. River Camp-Out for Families

Friday, May 30, 2014

This Saturday, California State Parks, along with major community partners, will be hosting the L.A. River Campout, a free event aiming to help urban families get engaged with the great outdoors. The free Camp-Out reached capacity just one hour after the event was announced and is part of a series of programs to develop creative ways to use riverfront public land.

Dead Fin Whale to Be Removed from Border Field State Park beach at the Tijuana Estuary

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

California State Parks officials are coordinating a multi-agency effort to remove a stranded dead fin whale from the beach at Border Field State Park within the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve.

First Steelhead Trout in Decades Spotted at Malibu Lagoon

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A year after the grand reopening of the newly restored Malibu Lagoon, a third endangered species missing for decades was spotted.

California State Mining and Mineral Museum Brings Back The Fricot Nugget

Friday, May 23, 2014

Starting Memorial Day weekend, the California State Mining and Mineral Museum will once again have the historic 13.8 lb. Fricot Nugget on display to the visiting public for the first time since the September 2012 robbery of the Museum.

California State Parks Director Announces Retirement

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

After bringing leadership and stability to the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Maj. Gen. Anthony L. Jackson has announced that he will retire on June 30, capping nearly 40 years of public service, including 36 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

UPDATE: Body Found and Recovered at Folsom Lake SRA

Monday, May 19, 2014

On Monday afternoon, a body was located at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (SRA).

Distinguished California State Parks Employees Honored

Monday, May 19, 2014

California State Parks Director Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC(Ret.), honored State Parks staff selected for annual Director's Recognition Awards at a ceremony held in Sacramento.

California State Parks’ Guide for Memorial Day Weekend

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Memorial Day weekend draws a high number of visitors to California’s state parks.

UPDATE: Body Found at Folsom Lake

Friday, May 16, 2014

Free Admission to California State Parks for Veterans, Active and Reserve Military Personnel on Memorial Day

Friday, May 16, 2014

California State Parks will offer free admission to veterans, as well as active and reserve military personnel in participating California state parks on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014.

Free Oil Spill Response Technique Seminars for Southern California Marinas and Yacht Clubs

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Southern California marina and yacht club operators are invited to attend one of two free seminars on proper oil spill response techniques.