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Division of Boating and Waterways

Help Keep California’s Waterways Healthy and Clean by Becoming a Dockwalker

Friday, February 9, 2018 | View PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) invites the public to become volunteers in California’s Dockwalker Program. Dockwalkers help raise awareness about important boating practices related to oil, fuel, sewage, trash, and marine debris through the distribution of educational material (boater kits) at marinas, boat launch ramps and boating events. The free trainings are set to begin later this month, February 24. Pre-registration is required. Participation in the program, including the training sessions qualify as community service.

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Division of Boating and Waterways

State Announces Availability of $4.25M in Funding for Local Public Agencies to Help Keep California’s Waterways Safe and Clean

Monday, February 5, 2018 | View PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is now accepting grant applications for the disposal of abandoned and unwanted vessels and law enforcement safety equipment. A total of $4.25M in funding from the Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund (AWAF) and Boating Safety/Enforcement Equipment (BSEE) grant programs is available to local public agencies statewide. Applications will be accepted from February 1, 2018 through April 30, 2018

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Calaveras Big Trees SP

California State Parks Begins Study of Fallen, Iconic "Tunnel Tree" in Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | View PDF

Marking one year since the famous Pioneer Cabin Tunnel Tree toppled, California State Parks, Save the Redwoods League and Humboldt State University today announced plans to use the fallen sequoia to study the tree’s life history and gather historic climate-related information for the surrounding area. The information will help California State Parks better manage the existing groves of redwood trees. 

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Office of Historic Preservation

California State Historical Resources Commission Considers 10 Properties for Action

Friday, January 26, 2018 | View PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California State Historical Resources Commission (Commission) will consider nine nominations for federal historic designation and one nomination for state designation on Friday, February 2. The Commission meeting will be held at 9 a.m. in the Auditorium at the State Resources Building, located at 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento.

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Kings Beach SRA, Emerald Bay SP

New Automated Pay Machines for Visitors at Kings Beach State Recreation Area and Emerald Bay State Park

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 | View PDF

Lake Tahoe, Calif. – California State Parks announced today that starting this Friday, January 19, 2018, visitors will be able to conveniently pay for daily use parking fees at Kings Beach State Recreation Area and Emerald Bay State Park using automated pay machines. A total of five machines (four at Kings Beach and one at the Vikingsholm parking lot) will be accepting credit cards and cash.

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Division of Boating and Waterways

Division of Boating and Waterways Now Accepting Grant Applications for Shoreline Erosion Control and Public Beach Restoration Programs

Friday, December 22, 2017 | View PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is accepting grant applications for shoreline erosion control projects and public beach restoration projects. The deadline to submit applications for funding in fiscal year 2019/20 is Thursday, February 1, 2018.

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Mount Diablo SP

Mount Diablo State Park Invites Visitors to “Help Make 2018 Accident Free” - Ride, Drive and Hike Safely in the New Year

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 | View PDF

MOUNT DIABLO, Calif.— California State Parks invites visitors of Mount Diablo State Park (Mount Diablo) to join its New Year’s Resolution to “Help Make 2018 Accident Free.” Sharing the road, taking precautions for both cyclists and vehicles, and prioritizing safety measures can greatly enhance your visit at this popular outdoor destination.

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Angel Island SP

Public Notice: California State Parks Seeks Public Input on the Ferry Service Concession from Tiburon to Angel Island State Park

Monday, December 4, 2017 | View PDF

TIBURON, Calif. – California State Parks is holding a public meeting to solicit comments on the future of the ferry service concession providing transportation to/from Tiburon to Angel Island State Park. In an effort to better serve and enhance the visitor experience at this state park, the department is seeking public input before issuing a Request for Proposals for a new concession contract through a competitive bid process. 

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Division of Boating and Waterways

Division of Boating and Waterways Now Accepting California Boater Card Applications

Friday, December 1, 2017 | View PDF

Sacramento, Calif. – California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is now accepting applications for the California Boater Card. The card verifies that its holder has successfully taken and passed an approved boater safety education course. Once issued, the California Boater Card remains valid for an operator’s lifetime. 

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Every Adventure has a Story: Share Yours with California State Parks over the Black Friday Weekend

Monday, November 20, 2017 | View PDF

California State Parks knows that every adventure has a story and we encourage visitors to share their story this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend. Continuing on 2016’s successful #InventYourAdventure campaign, this year’s edition, “Every Adventure has a Story”, asks visitors to participate by sharing the story behind their favorite state park through an Instagram photo or video.

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Providence Mountains SRA

California State Parks Re-opens Iconic Providence Mountains State Recreation Area on November 3

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | View PDF

After being closed for almost seven years due to major infrastructure upgrades, California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat, the Mitchell Family and a number of partners announced the reopening date for one of the most iconic time capsule parks in California. Providence Mountains State Recreation Area (Providence Mountains) is opening to the public on Friday, November 3.

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California State Parks Offering ADDITIONAL Campsites to Displaced Residents Affected by Northern California Fires

Friday, October 13, 2017

California State Parks announced today that it is opening additional campsites for displaced residents affected by the Northern California fires. 

El Departamento de Parques y Recreación de California anunció hoy que está abriendo campamientos adicionales en el condado de Mendocino para ayudar a personas afectadas por los incendios en el norte de California. 

 

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California State Parks Offering Campsites to Displaced Residents from the Sonoma and Napa Fires

Thursday, October 12, 2017 | View PDF

California State Parks announced today that it is opening campsites at Sonoma Coast State Park and Salt Point State Park to residents affected by Northern California fires.

El Departamento de Parques y Recreación de California anuncia hoy que está abriendo campamientos en los parques estatales de Sonoma Coast y Salt Point para residentes afectados por los incendios en el norte de California.

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California State Parks

State Parks Announces New Structure to Better Serve Californians and Improve Stewardship

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 | View PDF

The California Department of Parks and Recreation today announced a new organizational structure aimed at better serving Californians who enjoy the Golden State’s public outdoor spaces. The structure and related transition activities and benefits are outlined in an Operational Transition Plan that reflects extensive research and input from internal and external stakeholders. The new organizational structure is part of a two-year transformation effort that renewed the department’s commitment to improving the state parks system and the many recreational programs supported by DPR. It marks the first department-wide organizational structure change since the early 1990s.

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Office of Historic Preservation, Grants

Historic Preservation Programs in Four California Cities Receive $160,000 in Federal Grants

Monday, August 14, 2017 | View PDF

California’s Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) announced today the selection of four cities to receive $160,000 in federal grants to assist local historic preservation programs. The cities of Benicia, Los Angeles, Riverside, and the city and county of San Francisco will receive funding from the 2017-2018 Certified Local Government Grant Program (CLG).

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California State Parks

California State Parks Provides Tips on New Reservation System: ReserveCalifornia™ Goes Live August 1

Friday, July 28, 2017 | View PDF

California State Parks is offering the public tips on how to access the Golden State’s new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia™. Starting next Tuesday, August 1, visitors to California’s state parks will have a new platform for booking camping and lodging sites, and tours. Using the new system will be easy to plan adventures within state parks, since it is similar to booking hotels, airline tickets and other comparable services. 

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2017 Boating Infrastructure Grant Available for Marina Operators

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | View PDF

Public and private marina owners can now apply for a Federal Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) through California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW). The deadline to submit applications to DBW is Aug. 1, 2017. BIG is a competitive program open to both publicly and privately owned marinas to renovate or construct visitor docks, restrooms, gangways and dockside utility hook-ups for recreational boats 26 feet or greater in length. 

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News Release

State Parks Makes It Easier to Reserve Camping and Lodging Sites with a New Rolling Window Reservation Service

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | View PDF

The California Department of Parks and Recreation announced today that beginning Aug. 1, 2017 the reservation system will move from a block or on-sale day reservation period to a rolling window. Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

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Safety Tips

California State Parks Warns of Drowning Risks Before Fourth of July Holiday Weekend

Thursday, June 29, 2017 | View PDF

With the long holiday weekend upon us, California State Parks is alerting water enthusiasts to take life-saving precautions for themselves and their loved ones. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of accidental death in the United States. About 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day, but it can easily be prevented by educating children and adults about water safety and lifesaving techniques.

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McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial SP, Safety Tips

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park Anticipating Record Crowds This Summer: Visitors Should Plan Accordingly to Avoid Peak Hours

Thursday, June 29, 2017 | View PDF

California State Parks is experiencing record crowds at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. Located northeast of Redding, the state park has had a significant increase in day-use attendance in the last several years. The park’s main attraction, a beautiful 129-foot waterfall, is drawing visitors from all over the world. Popularity and high visitation can mean full parking lots, congested roads, busy trails, long lines and wait times for park facilities. To enhance your visiting experience, California State Parks recommends...

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Boat California, Division of Boating and Waterways

California Law Enforcement Steps Up Efforts to Reduce Buzzed Boating

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | View PDF

More than 30 marine law enforcement entities across California will be out in force June 30 - July 2, looking for drunken/impaired recreational boaters. This three-day increased enforcement, known as Operation Dry Water, is a boating under the influence awareness and enforcement campaign carried out throughout the United States around Fourth of July, a holiday unfortunately known for drinking and boating, and deadly accidents. 

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Grants

DPR Awards $16 Million in Grants for Local Park Projects

Friday, June 16, 2017 | View PDF

The California Department of Parks and Recreation today announced the selection of 25 local park projects that will receive grants totaling $16 million from the California Youth Soccer and Recreation Development Program. This one-time competitive grant program provides funds for new youth soccer, baseball, softball and basketball recreation opportunities in heavily populated, low–income urban areas with a high-youth-crime and unemployment rate.  

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Boat California, Division of Boating and Waterways

Managing Boat Sewage the Environmental Way: There is an App for that!

Thursday, June 8, 2017 | View PDF

California’s recreational boaters in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Southern California now have a new digital tool to aid in the proper disposal of boat sewage. The “Pumpout Nav” app is designed to help boaters locate the closest sewage pumpout station for their vessels. Using the mobile device’s location, the app displays the pumpout stations closest to the boater, their operational status, as well as the cost, hours and location within the marina. The new app is free and available for download from both the Android Play and iOS Apple stores.

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Grants

DPR Announces $2.6 Million for Local Park Projects

Thursday, June 8, 2017 | View PDF

The California Department of Parks and Recreation today announced selections for $2.6M in funding for 19 local park projects under the Habitat Conservation Fund Program. The grants assist cities, counties and districts with projects such as protection of various plant and animal species, acquisition and development of wildlife corridors and trails, and nature interpretation programs to bring urban residents into park and wildlife areas. 

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DPR Improves Distinguished Veteran and Disabled Discount Pass Programs

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 | View PDF

The California Department of Parks and Recreation is modernizing the way it manages the Distinguished Veteran and Disabled Discount pass programs. Starting this month, June 15, the department will be issuing new credit card design passes for current veteran and disabled pass holders as part of its transition to California’s new reservation system: ReserveCalifornia™. These individuals will need to visit one of 48 designated state park locations to work with department staff to create a new online profile and exchange their current pass for the new credit card design pass.  

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Transformation

DPR Releases Final Transformation Progress Report: Two-Year Transformation Effort Renews California’s State Park System

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | View PDF

The California Department of Parks and Recreation today released the Final Transformation Progress Report. This report summarizes the accomplishments and foundational work the department completed over a two-year period to better serve California’s diverse population and create a more inviting, relevant state park system. Such efforts include strengthening relationships with partners and local communities, streamlining payment processes• and improving access for all Californians. Dubbed “Transformation,” this important process represents the department’s commitment to improving California’s state park system as well as the many recreational programs supported by the DPR. 

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Boat California, Division of Boating and Waterways, Safety Tips

DBW Provides Survival Guide for the 2017 Summer Season

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | View PDF

The Division of Boating and Waterways urges recreational boaters and water enthusiasts to take the necessary precautions this summer, starting with life jacket wear, to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. This summer season begins with some of the highest water levels and coldest water not seen or felt in many years. Swift and cold water can create treacherous conditions for everyone, including experienced swimmers. 

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