Parking lots partially reopen at 27 California state parks

Parking lots partially reopen at 27 California state parks

SAN FRANCISCO — The parking lots of 27 California state parks have partially reopened weeks after the 280 state parks and beaches closed their parking lots to discourage non-local visitors, officials said Tuesday.

Parking lots were partially reopened at Jack London State Historic Park in Sonoma County, Lake Oroville State Recreation Area in Butte County and several state beaches in Orange County, including Huntington, Bolsa Chica and Crystal Cove, among others.

Gloria Sandoval, deputy director of California’s state parks department, said even though there is increased access at some parks and beaches, officials still encourage people to stay close to home.

“State Parks will continue to monitor visitation and physical distancing across the system and if unsafe conditions develop, park units may close again,” she said.

Visitors are also advised to check online to see if the park or beach they want to be visit is open before leaving home, what new visitor guidelines are in effect and if parking is available, she said.

As of Tuesday, 36 parks were closed and 244 were open though campgrounds, restrooms, visitor centers and other facilities remain closed at all state parks.

Here is list of parks that now have limited parking:

  • Butte County
  • Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
  • El Dorado County
  • Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park
  • Emerald Bay State Park
  • Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (also in Sacramento and Placer counties)
  • Lake Valley State Recreation Area
  • Washoe Meadows State Park
  • Kern County
  • Onyx Ranch
  • Nevada County
  • Donner Memorial State Park
  • Orange County
  • Bolsa Chica State Beach
  • Doheny State Beach
  • Huntington State Beach
  • San Clemente State Beach
  • Crystal Cove State Beach
  • Placer County
  • Auburn State Recreation Area
  • Kings Beach State Recreation Area
  • Riverside County
  • Lake Perris State Recreation Area
  • San Benito County
  • Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area
  • Santa Cruz County
  • Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
  • The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
  • Wilder Ranch State Park
  • Shasta County
  • McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
  • Sonoma County
  • Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
  • Austin Creek State Recreation Area
  • Jack London State Historic Park
  • Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
  • Trione-Annadel State Park
  • Tuolumne County
  • Columbia State Historic Park

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