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Many of the State of California’s publicly-accessible outdoor spaces are open for local use under modified access during the COVID-19 pandemic. The State’s stay home order directs Californians to remain in their own communities for purposes of recreation, and to participate in recreation activities only with members of your own household.

Check with local authorities for the status of outdoor spaces managed by your county or city.

Visit the websites below to find an open space near you:

California State Parks and Beaches: The Department of Parks and Recreation manages 280 state parks and beaches across the state.  

Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) Ecological Reserves and Wildlife Areas: The Department of Fish and Wildlife manages over 200 areas – many of which are still open for  public visitation.

State Forests: CAL FIRE operates eight Demonstration State Forests totaling 71,000 acres – several of which are open to dispersed day-use recreation where the public has adequate room to maintain six feet of physical distancing.

Baldwin Hills Conservancy Parks in LA: The Baldwin Hills Parklands are comprised of 480 acres of public parks.

Department of Water Resources Public Recreation Facilities: DWR provides recreational access to the public for water-based activities at dozens of developed areas, including lakes and reservoirs.

San Joaquin River Conservancy’s River Parkway: The extensive conservation and recreation corridor in the Fresno area remain accessible for recreation.

Tahoe Conservancy Public Lands: The California Tahoe Conservancy has nearly 6,500 acres in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Parks and Trails: The SMMC owns parks, trails, and facilities that it operates with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

*Please note that visitors are advised to bring soap for handwashing and alcohol-based hand sanitizers for when water is not available.

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