Austin Creek State Recreation Area

UPDATE (July 6, 2020) - As California State Parks begins working with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved, it is important for visitors to continue to practice physical distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household. Everyone has the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some guidelines for people visiting Austin Creek State Recreation Area:

What is open now?

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
At this park:
  • Picnic Areas
  • Congregate high use areas

Statewide:
  • Many campgrounds across the state remain closed until further notice. Some campgrounds have started to reopen with modifications. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping.
  • Some high public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?

Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Local: Although businesses around the state are opening up, Californians should not travel significant distances for pleasure or recreation and should stay close to home. Parking is very limited or closed at park units across the state. Walk or bike to parks in your local neighborhood. Do not travel if you are sick or if someone in your household has had coronavirus in the last two weeks.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in the outdoors when you cannot stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not your immediate household members. For details, please read California Department of Public Health’s guidance for the use of face coverings here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(707) 869-9177

Park Hours

8 AM to 1 hour past official sunset.

Dogs Allowed?

Yes

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.

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Primitive Camping
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Interpretive Exhibits
Swimming

Designated Equestrian Trails Status:

Designated equestrian trails in Armstrong Redwoods SNR and Austin Creek SRA are currently OPEN for equestrian use.

Fees:

ALL camping is CLOSED:

  • All campsites are: $35.00/night which includes up to 8 people.
  • Extra vehicles are: $8.00/night
  • Senior Camping rate is: $33.00/night which includes up to 8 people
  • Senior extra vehicle fees are: $7.00/night.

Check-In time is: 2 o'clock pm.
Check-out time is: 12 o'clock pm.

Dogs are allowed: On leash in your campsite, any parking lot, any picnic area or on any paved road.  Dogs are excluded from all other areas of the park.

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

 

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 www.hipcamp.com  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.