Over the weekend, California State Parks quietly began opening parking lots to parks as the state dips its toes into Phase 2 of Covid reopening. The parking lots to 27 state parks were opened without announcement, with most of them only holding 50 percent of usual capacity.
A slew of outdoor areas and campsites have been reopening recently, including many areas in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, following month’s of closure due to the Coronavirus. While all but 36 California State Parks are currently open, the parking lots have been closed to encourage only local visitors in the areas.
Park officials are currently encouraging people to stay in their counties and not travel for outdoor recreation.
“We are still telling people to stay close to home,” said Gloria Sandoval, deputy director of California’s state parks department. “It’s important for everybody to do their part to help mitigate the spread of the virus.”
While many parks are open and parking lots are beginning to reopen, all guided tours, campgrounds, museums and visitor centers remain closed. If you are looking for information on a specific state park, go to www.parks.ca.gov.
Here is a complete list of the state parks in Northern California that have opened their parking lots. For a list of the parks that are currently closed, go here.
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
Onyx Ranch State Vehicular Recreation Area
Donner Memorial State Park
Auburn State Recreation Area
Kings Beach State Recreation Area
Santa Cruz County
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
Wilder Ranch State Park
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Austin Creek State Recreation Area
Jack London State Historic Park
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Trione-Annadel State Park
Columbia State Historic Park
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