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service reductions???State Parks?

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service reductions???State Parks?

Have plans to stay in Jenner a few days, and part of why we chose this location was our hoping to visit Salt Point and Sonoma Coast State Parks. The CA State Park website has a "service reduction warning banner" on the pages for these parks. Some parks do not have them, but both these do.

They list certain facilities to be closed, but do not say the "park" is closed. It sis confusing to me, since i am not familiar with the area...( are these closings primary visitor locations? Are they little know/visited areas? Can these parks be enjoyed at all in consideration of the closings?

If not, are there coastal alternatives nearby?

Thank You!

Miller

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1. Re: service reductions???State Parks?

The problem is that the closing situation isn't certain yet. The state parks department had listed dozens of parks for complete closure, but now the state legislature is scrambling to find funding to keep at least some of them open. I wouldn't count on staying in a park that might close, but you should keep checking back frequently.

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2. Re: service reductions???State Parks?

There will be lots of Sonoma Coast Parks available to visit - Goat Rock comes to mind first, and it's just south of Jenner. I am assuming you've been to this link:

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=451 to check out the parks.

I do know they are talking about charging fees to visit some of them, and assume they will do as the state parks do where one fee is good in all the state parks on the day you pay. I do know that the County parks that charge around Bodega Bay let you use your day pass at the others. I would think, even if they do close parks, that you could still park on the highway and walk in. Most of the informational stations would probably be still standing unless they had been vandalized, so there would be good information.

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3. Re: service reductions???State Parks?

There will be lots of Sonoma Coast Parks available to visit - Goat Rock comes to mind first, and it's just south of Jenner. I am assuming you've been to this link:

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=451 to check out the parks.

I do know they are talking about charging fees to visit some of them, and assume they will do as the state parks do where one fee is good in all the state parks on the day you pay. I do know that the County parks that charge around Bodega Bay let you use your day pass at the others. I would think, even if they do close parks, that you could still park on the highway and walk in. Most of the informational stations would probably be still standing unless they had been vandalized, so there would be good information.

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4. Re: service reductions???State Parks?

Its as confusing to us as it is to you.......but in general, you will still find plenty of places to enjoy during your trip. Some restrooms are closed; some get less service; some get regular service (just expect that). Some parking areas are open; some are closed; so just park in the ones that are open. We wish we could give you more precise information, but it changes for us too. Overall though there is plenty of great places to see and enjoy during your trip.. Have a good time.

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5. Re: service reductions???State Parks?

What's closed is pretty much indicated on the state parks' websites:

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=451

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=453

After July 1, there will be some changes with the new budget year. It's still unclear what changes are in store since there are bills in the legislature and deals being made with non-profit groups to manage some of the facilities.

Also be aware that if you drive up to Salt Point and want to visit Fort Ross that the fort is only open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=449

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