State Park Service Reductions

Tomales State Park

Good news: the threats of complete state park closures due to the extreme state budget shortfalls did not come to fruition. Bad news: there are service cuts this year.  Here is the summary of the service reductions of the two California State Parks in the Point Reyes area:

Tomales State Park: Main park entrance, Shell Beach lot, and Millerton Point lot will only be open weekends and some holidays through June 30, 2010.
Samuel P Taylor: Madrone Group Camp and Irving Group Picnic Day Use areas will be closed November 1, 2009 through March 25, 2010.  They will open and go back on the reservation system (through Reserve America) starting March 26, 2010.
  • Tomales State Park: Main park entrance, Shell Beach lot, and Millerton Point lot will only be open weekends and some holidays through June 30, 2010.
  • Samuel P Taylor: Madrone Group Camp and Irving Group Picnic Day Use areas will be closed November 1, 2009 through March 25, 2010.  They will open and go back on the reservation system (through Reserve America) starting March 26, 2010.

Head to the CA State Park web site for the latest.

UPDATE (Jan 7, 2010) from reader Bruce Thomas:

Even though day use areas at Samuel P Taylor are unfortunately closed, the hiking trails are still open and still GREAT!!
http://brt-insights.blogspot.com/2010/01/hiking-at-samuel-p-taylor-state-park.html
http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/576165533NAZsGs