For Immediate Release: 7/27/2022

State Parks to Temporarily Close Campgrounds at Portola Redwoods State Park Due to Drought

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California State Parks today announced the temporary closure of campground facilities at Portola Redwoods State Park due to lower water flows in Peters Creek, the park’s primary water source. Effective FridayAug. 5, 2022, the campground facilities will be closed for the remainder of the camping season (including reservation, group, and drop-in sites). Affected reservation holders will be contacted by the state’s reservation system – ReserveCalifornia – via email and provided with a refund.

Located in San Mateo County, the road leading to Portola Redwoods State Park’s 2,800 acres drops from a ridgetop into a deeply shaded redwood forest, offering a hushed getaway from the suburban bustle of nearby Silicon Valley and the South Bay. The park has a variety of features including 18 miles of trails; a 55-site family campground, four group campsites, and a trail camp for backpackers; a visitor center; and other day-use activities. Backpackers can stay at a trail camp 2.5 miles from the trailhead on their way to the memorable ancient grove at Peters Creek.

Below you will find important information for visitors of Portola Redwoods State Park:

  • Day use areas will remain open.
  • The trail camp will remain open.
  • Open fires will be prohibited.
  • No drinking water will be available.

As California’s current drought situation worsens, Californians must again focus on making the most out of its limited water supplies across the state. At State Parks, staff are conserving water by continually locating and repairing water leaks throughout their distribution systems, installing timers on irrigation systems, and implementing other water conservation efforts. Tips, videos and more information about using less water at home can be found at SaveOurWater.com.




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