California COVID-19 Memorial Day Secret: Some State, Local Parks Are Open

Folsom Lake State Recreational Area is once again open, though capacity may be limited for the Memorial Day weekend.

Folsom Lake State Recreational Area is once again open, though capacity may be limited for the Memorial Day weekend.

State officials continue to make it very clear that they want you to stay close to home if possible, but as the Memorial Day holiday weekend gets started, what haven't told you is that some state and local recreational areas have reopened to the public as part of the second stage of the COVID-19 reopening plan.

The parking lots to 27 state parks were opened without announcement last weekend, though a majority are limiting use to half of the normal capacity, according to an Active NorCal report. Gloria Sandoval, the deputy director of California's state parks department, though, is reportedly asking people to stay close to home. It's critical that Californians continue to practice physical distancing, avoid congregating with others outside their immediate household, and abide to new visitor guidelines implemented across the state park system to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials say in a statement on the State Parks website.

It's also recommended that you check online to see if your favorite park or recreational area is open before going.

The following is a list of parks that are now open-- based on the latest information from the state-- and offering 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, including portions accessible 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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