Complete List of California State Parks Open in Northern California

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is now open to the public

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

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.

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 State Vehicular Recreation Area

Nevada County

Donner Memorial State Park

Placer County

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

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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    Both located Napa County

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