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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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Humboldt Redwoods SP

California State Parks Seeks Public Input on a Road and Trail Management Plan for Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Thursday, April 27, 2017 | View PDF

California State Parks will hold an open house meeting to solicit comments on a draft road and trail management plan (RTMP) for Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The RTMP describes the existing roads and trails of the state park and provides specific direction for management and operations in the future. The goal of the plan is to enhance recreational trail opportunities, while protecting the park’s cultural and natural resources. 

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Division of Boating and Waterways

CORRECTED VERSION: DBW Begins Herbicide Treatment in the Delta for Water Hyacinth and Egeria densa

Thursday, February 16, 2017 | View PDF

The Division of Boating and Waterways will begin herbicide treatment of water hyacinth and Egeria densa on March 1 in various areas of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The division simultaneously will be treating the South American spongeplant, Uruguay water primrose, and Curlyleaf pondweed. Mechanical harvesting will continue to be used to control water hyacinth, spongeplant and water primrose infested areas as needed. 

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Division of Boating and Waterways

DBW Begins Herbicide Treatment in the Delta for Water Hyacinth and Egeria densa

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | View PDF

California Department of Parks and Recreation Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) will begin herbicide treatment of South American spongeplant (Limnobium laevigatum), Uruguay water primrose (Ludwigia hexapetala), water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), curlyleaf pondweed and Brazilian waterweed (Egeria densa) this Wednesday, March 1, in various areas of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. DBW will concurrently be using mechanical harvesting to control spongeplant, water hyacinth, and water primrose infested areas as needed.

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Division of Boating and Waterways, Boat California

State Offers Educational Opportunities for the Public and Boating Facility Operators to Help Keep California’s Waterways Clean

Monday, February 6, 2017 | View PDF

California’s Boating Clean and Green Program and its partners are offering free volunteer opportunities, workshops and seminars on ways to help keep California’s waterways clean. Motivated individuals with a willingness to learn and an ability to convey important environmental messages are encouraged to participate. Space is limited; pre-registration is required for all opportunities.

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New Date Set for Public Meeting on Preferred Alternative Site Design for Kings Beach State Recreation Area

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | View PDF

The California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and the California Tahoe Conservancy (Conservancy) are holding a public meeting to solicit comments on an effort to upgrade recreational facilities at Kings Beach State Recreation Area (Kings Beach SRA). The original date, scheduled for Wednesday, January 18, 2017, has been rescheduled to February 2, 2017. Some of the proposed enhancements would be made to the pier, playground, restrooms, picnic areas, boat ramp and parking area. The effort reflects an approach by DPR and the Conservancy to renovate Kings Beach SRA over the next 20 or more years.

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