Parks and Recreation, Department of

Department of Parks and Recreation (PARKS)

California Department of Parks and Recreation manages 280 park units, which contain the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California.

General Information: 800-777-0369
Hearing Impaired: TTY relay service, 711
Fax: 916-657-3903

Frequently Asked Questions

No matter what your destination is or whether you have a reserved or a first-come, first-served site, it's always a good idea to call ahead and check on park conditions.

For Reservation Sites - Plan ahead

You can make reservations up to seven months in advance through Reserve America at 1-800-444-PARK (7275) or on-line at Reserve America's website

Determine where you want to camp and be flexible

Have alternate parks in mind in case your first choice is booked.

To help you, get your copy of the California State Parks Camping Reservation Guide by calling (916) 653-6995 or writing to:

California State Parks Information Office
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296-0001

Consider non-reservation sites

If the reservation sites are full, look for first-come, first-served campgrounds, and try and arrive on a Wednesday or Thursday to maximize your chance to get a campsite.  Please call the specific park for details.  They include:
Emma Wood State Beach
Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park

Consider less busy days

Sometimes reservations are easier to make if you can camp mid-week.

Consider less popular camps

Southern coastal campgrounds can be full year-round. You could have better luck getting reservations at State Parks north of Santa Cruz or inland.  Look for sites which are more remote and away from major metropolitan areas.

Remember the holiday crush

The closer you try to make reservations to a holiday (Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July, or Labor Day weekend), the further north and inland you may need to go.

Consider cancellations

Check the Reserve America website or call the 800-444-7275 phone number. While no waiting lists are maintained, cancellations are rare but they can occur.

Consider visiting the park for a day

If the campgrounds you want to visit are booked, consider a day visit to the park for a picnic, hike or other outdoor recreation.

Consider April, May, September, and October

The "shoulder season" (April, May, September, and October) is a good time to enjoy California State Parks.  The weather during these months is usually good.

You can make reservations up to seven months in advance through Reserve America at 1-800-444-PARK (7275) or on-line at Reserve America's website

General Questions
For general inquiries, please send email to:  info@parks.ca.gov

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Accessibility
For inquiries related to accessibility for people with disabilities, please send email to access@parks.ca.gov or phone 916-445-8949. TTY relay service, 711.
 
Annual and Special Passes
passinfo@parks.ca.gov
1-800-777-0369, ext. 2
916-653-8280
 
Reservations
Reserve America
1-800-444-7275

Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW)
pubinfo@parks.ca.gov
1-888-326-2822

For Aquatic Invasive Species inquiries, including the treatment of water hyacinth and egeria densa, please contact AIS@parks.ca.gov
 
Off-Highway Motor Vehicular Recreation Division (OHV)
ohvinfo@parks.ca.gov
916-324-4442
 
Office of Historic Preservation
calshpo.ohp@parks.ca.gov
916-445-7000

State Park Districts
District Office Contacts

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