Austin Creek State Recreation Area

Park Closures due to LNU Lightning Complex Fires

Aug. 21, 2020 - Western Sonoma County is being heavily impacted by active fires in the LNU Lightning Complex. There are road closures along the lower Russian River (Hwy 116) and also on State Route 1 north of Bodega Bay north towards Salt Point State Park. Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and Austin Creek State Recreation Area closed until further notice.

Park staff has been impacted due to local mandatory evacuations orders. Other staff is working emergency operations. Due to this limited staffing, we may not be able to assist you over the telephone or return any phone calls.

Until the fires are under control in the LNU Lightning Complex, we advise you to seek alternative recreational opportunities outside of western Sonoma County. Thank you and stay safe.

Phone Number

(707) 869-9177

Park Hours

8 AM to 1 hour past official sunset.

Dogs Allowed?


Driving Directions to Austin Creek SRA

Directions are currently not available for this park.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

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CLOSURE order for Armstrong Redwoods SNR and Austin Creek SRA

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and Austin Creek State Recreation Area are currently under a complete closure at this time. and will remain so until further notice. There have been major impacts to both parks due to the recent fires. Currently, there is active fire personnel (and other authorized personnel) in both parks working on mopping up and dealing with other fire related issues. Due to significant hazards such as tree failures, debris slides, and hot spots there is NO ACCESS ALLOWED by foot, bike or vehicle at either park. If unauthorized vehicles and or people are found in either park they will be subject to contact and citation. We need this time for clearing hazards and debris so that we can get both parks open at some point down the road. Thank you for your patience.


ALL camping is CLOSED:

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods currently operates
Austin Creek SRA

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, a cooperating association that works in partnership with California State Parks, has reopened Austin Creek State SRA's Bullfrog Pond campground by way of an operating agreement with State Parks.  All State Park Rules and Regulations still apply. 

Bullfrog Pond Camping Info: CLOSED UFN


ALL camping CLOSED


Bullfrog Pond Campground offers Twenty-three campsites.  Campsites #1 through #8 (minus #4 our camp host site) are first-come, first-served campsites.  Campsites #9 through #24 are on reservations through Hipcamp.  Reserve a campsite by visiting  Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring.  There are two sets of bathrooms each with a flush toilet and sink.  Unfortunately there are no shower facilities available.  

Bullfrog Pond does not offer any group camping.  The nearest State Park that offers group camping can be found at Salt Point State Park.  None of the campsites at Bullfrog Pond will accommodate vehicles over 20 feet in length.  We do not offer any hike and bike sites (reduced fees).  The campground is subject to seasonal closure due to extreme weather or conditions.  The pond itself almost always goes dry by mid-summer and when there IS water in the pond there may be mosquitos in the area.  Ticks are also prevalent in the area so bring a good bug/tick repellant. 

In warmer weather it is advisable to keep an eye out for rattlesnakes as they are in the area.  If you would like a first-come first-served campsite you will need to register with staff at the Armstrong kiosk.  If staff is not available at the kiosk, you can self-register at the entrance to Bullfrog Pond.  Official check-in time is 2 o'clock pm.  Pay the $35.00 camping fee and any extra vehicle fees ($8.00/vehicle) prior to occupying a campsite.  Max occupancy per campsite is 8 people. You are allowed to bring two vehicles, but we do not guarantee both vehicles will fit on your parking spur.   If any of your vehicles don't  fit on your designated parking spur, please take it up to overflow parking area at Vista Point parking lot.  Please ensure the day use parking areas are free from camper vehicles.  

Please note that the campground is likely to go into a fire ban in the summer and autumn season.  We will keep you up to date. 

When available, a camp host will be occupying the camp host spot at campsite #4.  Remember that quiet hours begin at 10 o'clock pm and noise significantly carries to other campsites in the campground.  We are always looking for a good camp host.  If interested check in with staff at the entrance station.

Camp fires, BBQ's, candles, tiki torches, etc. will be prohibited during periods of extreme fire danger.  During fire bans, propane camp stoves may be used for cooking.  

Dogs are permitted in your paid for campsite, picnic areas and on paved roads ONLY.  Dogs are not allowed on dirt roads or on any trails.  Dogs must remain leashed at all times.

Bicycles are allowed on paved roads and fire roads.  Bicycles are not allowed on any trails.

ALL TRAILS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO PACK ANIMALS.  When trails are open all horse trailers must remain down in the parking lots of Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing

Summer temperatures in the morning can still be cool although afternoon temperatures often exceed 100 degrees.  In the winter it will occasionally drop below freezing and the 50+ inches of annual rainfall generally includes an occasional snow flurry. Always carry plenty of water, wear layered clothing, have a map, carry a flashlight and have a fully charged cell phone.