Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) (CA) (2024)


  • 2 California State Parks Identifiers
    • 2.1 Dispatch Center Callsigns
    • 2.2 Field Callsigns
  • 3 Northern Districts
  • 4 Surcom Districts

District & Sector Breakdown

Park Types
NP - Nature PreserveSMP - State Marine Park
SB - State BeachSNR - State Nature Reserve
SHP - State Historic ParkSRA - State Recreation Area
SMR - State Marine ReserveSVRA - State Vehicular Recreational Area

Angeles District

Los Angeles Sector: Castaic Lake SRA, Dockweiler SB, Kenneth Hahn SRA, Los Angeles SHP, Los Encinos SHP, Pio Pico SHP, Placerita Canyon SP, Rio de Los Angeles State Park SRA, Santa Monica SB, Santa Susana Pass SHP, Verdugo Mountains, Watts Towers of Simon Rodia SHP, Will Rogers SB

Malibu Sector: Leo Carrillo SP, Malibu Creek SP, Malibu Lagoon SB, Point Dume SB, Point Mugu SP, Robert H Meyer Memorial SB

Topanga Sector: Topanga SP, Will Rogers SHP

Bay Area District

Contra Solano Sector: Albany SMR, Benicia Captiol SHP, Emeryville Crescent SMR, Lake Del Vall SRA, Marsh Creek SHP, McLaughlin Eastshore SP, Mount Diablo SP, Robert Crown Memorial SB, San Bruno Mountain SP

Marin Sector: China Camp SP, Marconi Conference Center SHP, Mount Tamalpais SP, Olompall SHP, Tomales Bay SP

SF Bay Sector: Angel Island SP, Candlestick Point SRA

Sonoma Sector: Annadel SP, Bale Grist Mill SHP, Bothe-Napa Valley SP, Jack London SHP, Petaluma Adobe SHP, Robert Louis Stevenson SP, Sonoma SHP, Sugarloaf Ridge SP

Capital District

Capital District HQ: Woodland Opera House SHP

Capitol Museum and Mansion Sector: California State Capitol Museum, Governor's Mansion SHP, Leland Stanford Mansion SHP

History Sector: California Indian Heritage Center SP, State Indian Museum SHP, Sutter's Fort SHP

Old Sacramento Sector: Old Sacramento SHP

Central Valley District

Calaveras Sector: Bethany Reservoir SRA, Calaveras Big Trees SP, Caswell Memorial SHP, Columbia SHP, Indian Grinding Rock SHP, Turlock Lake SRA

Four Rivers Sector: George Hatfield SRA, Great Valley Grasslands SP, McConnell SRA, Pacheco SP, San Luis Reservoir SRA

Jamestown Sector: Railtown 1897 SHP

San Joaquin Sector: California State Mining & Mineral Museum, Millerton Lake SRA, Wassama Round House SHP

Channel Coast District

Channel Coast District HQ: El Presidio de Santa Barbara SHP

Carpinteria Sector: Carpinteria SB

La Purisima Sector: Chumash Painted Cave SHP, La Purisima Mission SHP, Point Sal SB

Santa Barbara Sector: El Capitain SB, Gaviota SP, Refugio SB

Ventura Sector: Emma Wood SB, Mandalay SB, McGrath SB, San Buenaventura SB

Colorado Desert District

Anza-Borrego Sector: Anza-Borrego Desert SP

Montane Sector: Cuyamaca Rancho SP, Palomar Mountain SP

Diablo Range District

Carnegie Sector: Carnegie SVRA

Contra Solano Sector:Albany SMR, Benicia Capitol SHP, Benicia SRA, Bethany Reservoir SRA, Emeryville Crescent SMR, Lake Del Valle SRA, Marsh Creek SHP, McLaughlin Eastshore SP, Mount Diablo SP, Robert W Crown Memorial SB

Delta Sector:Brennan Island SRA, Delta Meadows Property, Franks Track SRA, Locke Boarding House Museum POI

Gavilan Sector:Fremont Peak SP, Henry W Coe SP, Martial Cottle Park SRA, San Juan Bautista SHP

Hollister Hills Sector: Hollister Hills SVRA

Gold Fields District

Auburn Sector: Auburn SRA

Delta Sector: Brannan Island SRA, Delta Meadows, Franks Tract SRA, Stone Lake

Folsom Sector: Folsom Lake SRA, Folsom Powerhouse SHP

Marshall Gold Sector: Marshall Gold Discovery SHP

Prairie City Sector: Prairie City SVRA

Great Basin District

Hungry Valley Sector: Hungry Valley SVRA

Mojave Sector: Antelope Valley CA Poppy SNR, Antelope Valley Indian Museum, Arthur B Ridley Desert SP, Red Rock Canyon SP, Saddleback Butte SP, Tomo Kahni SP

Onyx Ranch Sector: Eastern Kern County Onyx Ranch SVRA

Tejon Sector: Colonel Allensworth SHP, Fort Tejon SHP, Tule Elk SNR

Inland Empire District

Chino Sector: California Citrus SHP, Chino Hills SP

Perris Sector: Lake Perris SRA, San Timoteo Canyon, Wildwood Canyon

San Jacinto Sector: Mt San Jacinto SP

Silverwood Sector: Providence Mountains SRA, Silverwood Lake SRA

Monterey District

Asilomar Sector: Asilomar SB, Monterey SHP

Big Sur Sector: Andrew Molera SP, John Little SNR, Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP, Limekiln SP, Pfeiffer Big Sur SP, Point Sur SHP

Monterey Sector: Carmel River Lagoon and Wetland NP, Carmel River SB, Fort Ord Dunes SP, Garrapata SP, Hatton Canyon, Marina SB, Monterey SB, Moss Landing SB, Pt Lobos Ranch, Point Lobos SNR, Point Lobos Ranch, Salinas River SB, Zmudowski SB

North Coast Redwoods District

Eel River Sector: Admiral William Standley SRA, Benbow Lake SRA, Grizzley Creek Redwoods SP, Humboldt Redwoods SP, John Dewitt Redwoods SNR, Reynolds WC, Richardson Grove SP, Sinkyone Wilderness SP, Smithe Redwoods SNR, Standish-Hickey SRA

Redwood Coast Sector: Azalea SNR, Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP, Ft Humboldt SHP, Harry Merlo SRA, Humboldt Lagoons SP, Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP, Little River SB, Patrick's Point SP, Pelican SB, Prairie Creek Redwoods SP, Tolowa Dunes SP, Trinidad SB

Northern Buttes District

Cascade Sector: Ahjumawi Lava Springs SP, Castle Crags SP, Mcarthur-Burney Falls SP, Shasta SHP, Weaverville Joss House SHP

Clay Pit Sector: Clay Pit SVRA

Clear Lake Sector: Anderson Marsh SHP, Clear Lake SHP

Lake Oroville Sector: Lake Oroville SRA

Valley Sector: Bidwell Mansion SHP, Bidwell-Sacramento River SP, Butte City, Colua-Sacramento River SRA, Sutter Buttes SP, William Ide Adobe SHP, Woodson Bridge SRA

Oceano Dunes District

Oceano Dunes Sector: Oceano Dunes SVRA

Pismo SB Sector: Pismo SB

Ocotillo Wells District

Heber Dunes Sector: Heber Dunes SVRA

Ocotillo Wells South Sector: Ocotillo Wells SVRA

Salton Sea Sector: Indio Hills Palms, Picacho SRA, Salton Sea SRA

Orange Coast District

Central Sector: Corona del Mar SB, Crystal Cove SB

North Sector: Bolsa Chica SB, Huntington SB, Least Tern SP

South Sector: Doheny SB, San Clemente SB, San Onfre SB

San Diego Coast District

Del Sur Sector: Old Town San Diego SHP, San Pasqual Battlefield SHP

San Diego North Sector: Carlsbad SB, South Carlsbad SB, Leucadia SB, Moonlight SB, San Elijo SB, Cardiff SB, Torrey Pines SB, Torrey Pines SNR

Tijuana Estuary Sector: Silver Strand SB, Tijuana Estuary NP POI, Border Field SP

San Luis Obispo Coast District

Coastal Sector: Cambria SMP, Cayucos SB, Estero Bluffs SP, Hearst San Simeon SP, Los Osos Oaks SNR, Montana de Oro SP, Moro Bay SP, Moro Strand SB,

Museum Sector: Hearst San Simeon SHM

Santa Cruz District

Pajaro Coast Sector: Castro Adobe, Henry Cowell Redwoods SP, Lighthouse Field SB, Manresa SB, Natural Bridges SB, New Brighton SB, Santa Cruz Mission SHP, Sea Cliff SB, Sunset SB, The Forest of Nisene Marks SP, Twin Lakes SB, Wilder Ranch SP

San Mateo Coast Sector: Ano Nuevo SP, Bean Hollow SB, Burleigh H Murray Ranch, Butano SP, Gray Whale Cove SB, Half Moon Bay SB, Montana SB, Pacifica SB, Pescadero SB, Pidgeon Point Light Station SHP, Pomponio SB, San Bruno Mountain SP, San Gregorio SB, Point Montana Light Station, Thornton SB

Santa Cruz Mountains Sector: Castle Rock SP, Big Basin Redwoods SP, Portola Redwoods SP

Sierra District

Alpine Mono Sector: Bodie SHP, Grover hot Springs SP, Mono Lake Tufa SNR

Lake Tahoe Sector: Burton Creek SP, DL Bliss SP, Donner Memorial SP, Ed ZBerg Pine Point SP, Emerald Bay SP, Kings Beach SRA, Lake Valley SRA, Plumas-Eureka SP, Tahoe SRA, Ward Creek, Washoe Meadows SP

Sierra Gold Sector: Empire Mine SHP, Malakoff Diggins SHP, South Yuba River SP

Sonoma-Mendocino Coast District

Mendocino Sector: Caspar Headlands SB, Caspar Headlands SNR, Greenwood SB, Henry Woods SP, Jug Handle SNR, MacKerricher SP, Maillliard Redwoods SNR, Manchester SP, Mendocino Headlands SP, Mendocino Woodlands SP, Montgomery Woods SNR, Navarro River Redwoods SP, Point Carrillo Light Station, Russian Gulch SP, Schooner Gulch SB, Westport Union Landing SB, Van Damme SP

Russian River Sector: Armstrong Redwoods SNR, Austin Creek SRA, Fort Ross SHP, Kruse Rhododendron SNR, Salt Point SP, Sonoma Coast SP

California State Parks Identifiers

Dispatch Center Callsigns

“Northern” = NorCal Dispatch Center

“Surcom” = SoCal Dispatch Center

Field Callsigns

EX: “23N20” or “3L13”

District# - Letter Designator - Rank#

-First Number indicates District

-The Letter indicates Sector (A-Z)

-The last two Digits indicate Rank or Function

  • 01= District Superintendent
  • 02= Sector Superintendent
  • 03-09= Additional Superintendents
  • 11-19= Supervising Rangers/Lifeguards
  • 21-99= Sector Ranger/Lifeguard officers
  • 900= Seasonal lifeguards

Northern Districts

District 1 Park Headquarters

Adam = DPR Headquarters

Henry = OHV Headquarters

District 2 North Coast Redwoods District

Edward = Eel River Sector

Nora = National Park Service Rangers

William = Redwood Coast Sector

District 3 Northern Buttes District

King = Clear Lake Sector

Lincoln = Lake Oroville Sector

Victor = Valley Sector

Yellow = Cascades Sector

District 4 Sonoma Mendocino District

Ocean = Mendocino Sector

District 5 Sonoma Mendocino District

Robert = Russian River Sector

District 6 Bay Area District

Ida = SF Bay Sector

John = Marin Sector

District 7 Bay Area District

Boy = Contra Solano Sector

Sam = Sonoma Sector

District 8 Capital District

David = Sacramento Sector

X-Ray = Jamestown Sector

District 9 Gold Fields District

Frank = Folsom Sector

Mary = Marshall Sector

Union = Auburn Sector

District 10 Carnegie/Prairie City OHV

Charles = Carnegie OHV

Paul = Prairie City OHV /Clay Pit OHV

District 11 Sierra District

George = Tahoe Sector

Tom = Tahoe Sector

Zebra = Alpine Mono Sector

District 12 Central Valley District

Charles = Calaveras Sector

Sam = Four Rivers Sector

Victor = San Joaquin Sector

District 13 Diablo Range District

David = Hollister Hills Sector

District 14 Santa Cruz District

John = Pajaro Sector

Nora= Mountains Sector

Ocean = San Mateo Coast Sector

District 15 Monterey District

Boy= Big Sur Sector

George = Gavilan Sector

Ida = Asilomar Sector

Yellow = Monterey Sector

Surcom Districts

District 12 Central Valley District

Victor = San Joaquin Sector

District 16 San Luis Obispo Coast

Tom= Coast/Museum Sectors

District 17 Oceano Dunes District

David= Oceano Dunes

District 18 Great Basin District

Edward = Tejon/Mojave Sector

District 18 Inland Empire District

Frank = Silverwood Lake SRA

District 19 Channel Coast District

George = La Purisima Sector

Ida = Santa Barbara Sector

Ocean = Ventura Sector

Robert = Carpentaria Sector

District 20 Hungry Valley OHV

Victor = Hungry Valley OHV

12 = Supervising Ranger

21-26 = Rangers

901-999 = Volunteers

District 21 Angeles District

Lincoln = Los Angeles Sector

Tom = Topanga Sector

Union = Malibu Sector

U61, U81-83= Lifeguards

District 22 Inland Empire District

John = Idyllwild Sector

King = Chino Sector

Paul = Perris Sector

District 23 Orange Coast District

Nora = North Sector

Charles = Central Sector

Sam = South Sector

X-Ray = Park Aides

900 Units = Seasonal Lifeguards

District 24 Colorado Desert District

Boy= Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Mary= Cuyamaca Rancho SP/ Palomar Mtn SP

District 25 Ocotillo Wells District

William = Ocotillo Wells SVRA, Heber Dunes SRA, Salton Sea SRA

900 Units = Desert Seasonal Lifeguards

District 26 San Diego Coast District

Yellow = North Sector

X-Ray = Old Town San Diego (Del Sur)

Zebra = Del Sur Sector

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How to get into CA state parks for free? ›

California State Library Parks Pass: You can check out a free vehicle day-use pass at your local library with your library card and visit over 200 participating state parks.

What is reexamining our past California state parks? ›

State Parks is taking stock of and critically reexamining its past, looking specifically at contested place names, monuments, and interpretation in California's State Park System as part of a Reexamining Our Past Initiative.

Is it legal to collect driftwood in California? ›

Section 4306 - Plants and Driftwood (a) No person shall willfully or negligently pick, dig up, cut, mutilate, destroy, injure, disturb, move, molest, burn, or carry away any tree or plant or portion thereof, including but not limited to leaf mold, flowers, foliage, berries, fruit, grass, turf, humus, shrubs, cones, and ...

Can you carry a gun in California state parks? ›

The carrying and possession of firearms in California's state parks is generally prohibited and is only allowed per Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Section 4313.

Is there a senior pass for California state parks? ›

The Limited Use Golden Bear Pass is offered for a reduced rate to people 62 and older, and provides entry to most California State Parks during the non-peak season. Learn more and apply.

Can you get into Yosemite for free with a library card? ›

If you have a California library card, state park passes are available at your nearest library, according to the website. The pass and the library card are free. If you don't have one, you can sign up at your local library.

Can you take rocks from California state parks? ›

No person shall destroy, disturb, mutilate, or remove earth, sand, gravel, oil, minerals, rocks, paleontological features, or features of caves except rockhounding may be permitted as defined and delineated in Sections 4610 through 4610.10. 4308. Archaeological Features.

Can I collect rocks from the beach in California? ›

In California, for example, it is illegal to collect rocks, minerals, or fossils from state parks or state beaches without a permit.

Can you take wood from a beach in California? ›

Gabe McKenna who is the California State Parks Public Safety Superintendent for the Santa Cruz district said that people visiting the beach can take the debris home but there are some restrictions. "You can take up to 50 pounds a day," McKenna said.

Can I carry a gun in my front yard in California? ›

Location Restrictions in California. A U.S. citizen or legal resident over age 18 may generally carry a handgun anywhere within his or her place of residence, place of business, or on private property owned or lawfully possessed by the citizen or legal resident.

Is it illegal to take sand from the beach in California? ›

Lots of people who needed sand for their sandbags did the logical thing, and that's to head to a nearby beach, fill their sandbags and head home. What most people don't realize is that it's illegal to take sand from any beach in California.

Can I bring a gun hiking California? ›

It is generally illegal to open carry guns in the California State Parks system as well as in federal parks located in California. Outside of parks, it is also generally illegal to open carry guns while hiking. Though there may be exceptions depending on if you are in a small county and licensed to open carry.

Do California state parks have entrance fees? ›

At most parks, Day Use Fees are charged for vehicle day use only. There is no charge to walk or bike into these parks. Most historical parks and museums charge a Day Use Fee per person.

How much is the Golden Bear Pass in California? ›

This $20 pass entitles the pass holder and spouse or registered domestic partner free vehicle day-use access at over 200 California State Parks-operated units.

Which event allowed California to join as a free state? ›

In 1849, Californians sought statehood and, after heated debate in the U.S. Congress arising out of the slavery issue, California entered the Union as a free, nonslavery state by the Compromise of 1850. California became the 31st state on September 9, 1850.

How do I get a California State Library park card? ›

California public library-card holders can check out the State Library Parks Pass via their local public library. If you don't have a library card, visit your local library to get one. The library card and park pass are free!

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