A Message from Executive Director, Heidi Doyle

Hello all, Please see the attached notice below that cause firewood sales to be suspended until further notice. Several California State Parks are impacted by the California fires, including Big Basin which has lost its historic core of buildings. Many of our local State Park employees are now deployed at other units to assist with evacuations […]

California State Parks Press Release: State Parks Closes Park Units Due to Ongoing Wildfires

State Parks Issues Full, Partial Closures of Park Units Due to Ongoing Wildfires California’s Oldest State Park, Big Basin Redwoods, Extensively Damaged  SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California State Parks issued full or partial closures today for more than two dozen parks due to the ongoing wildfires burning across much of the state. Camping reservation holders impacted by the […]

Women in the Parks

This August 18th is the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment. The 19th Amendment prohibited denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex, in other words, it gave women the right to vote. Florence Hellman Ehrman In 1903, Isiah Wolf Hellman completed his summer […]

Songs “Across the Plains” Lyrics

A Song Cycle based on Virginia Reed Murphy’s  memoir “Across the Plains in the Donner Party: A Personal Narrative of the Overland Trip to California” PLAYLIST I’s Only Twelve But I Remember It Well Platte River Valley (instrumental) Billy: A Treasure So Kind Please Mr. Hastings Twenty Wells, Utah Oh How the Wagon Wheel Becomes […]

SSPF Covid-19 Resilience Fund

Dear Friends, A visit to our Lake Tahoe and Donner State Parks is an integral part of who we and the setting of connections we make with our families and friends. Our parks have been described as a magical place and oasis for the spirit. Thankfully, the gates to the parks are open, but we […]

Hiking in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is known for its beautiful hiking trails and sometimes it can be overwhelming to find the right trail for the right occasion so lets delve into the plethora of hiking options in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The outdoors are for ALL people so when making the decision on which trail to go explore, […]

Camping in the Sierra State Parks

After being safely holed up at home for so long, its time to get outside and enjoy all the beautiful campgrounds throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin! Before running out of the house, lets consider some helpful information on how to plan a camping trip and how to most respectfully follow Leave No Trace principles to […]

The Parks are Open!

We are so excited that all of our Sierra State Parks are back open! Information about each of our parks can be found on the homepage of our website. Camping at D.L Bliss State Park, Donner Memorial State Park, Sugar Pine Point State Park, and Emerald Bay State Park is open! We are so excited […]