Winter 2023 News

Latest happenings in and around China Camp State Park

Accolades

Celebrating 10 years together

Friends of China Camp proudly marks its 10th anniversary as park operator with a waterfront dinner and special speakers.

Mountain biking

E-bike do’s and don’ts at China Camp

Find out which models can—and can’t—be used at China Camp, and how to keep yourself and others safe.

China Camp Champion

Volunteer spotlight: Georgette Dahlka

Our park has a treasure in Georgette Dahlka, an original China Camp resident and enduring volunteer.

Natural History

Nature notes: winter’s treasures

Winter rains have arrived and China Camp is bursting with life. Grab your raincoat, lace up your boots, and go explore.

Safety

Rules aim to curb long-term “anchor-outs”

A crack-down on unregulated anchor-outs is in the works at China Camp. Find out what’s being done to keep the park safe.

environment

Massive machine grinds through the park

Special crews have been using impressive machinery to remove fuels and improve access in the event of wildfire.

FOCC Board of Directors

What makes our board special

Find out how varied expertise, skills, and interests make our volunteer board members important assets in running the park.

Research

Tracking sudden oak death

Scientists are using bay laurel leaves to follow the activity and spread of this deadly disease. Here’s the latest news.

In Memorium

Steve Deering, a true park champion

We are sad to share that one of our founding board members and a dedicated volunteer passed away unexpectedly this winter.

Photos: Joyce Abrams/FOCC, Sheila Coll/FOCC, Dean Groom/Flickr Creative Commons, Harriot Manley/FOCC, National Park Service, Pageant Magazine, Steve Schupp/FOCC, suddenoakdeath.org

ADVISORY: Recent storms have caused hazardous trail conditions in certain areas in the park.  Proceed with caution if visiting the park.

NOTICE: Some sites at the Back Ranch Meadows Campground will be closed Sunday through Thursday from November 14, 2022 until May 13, 2023 due to construction. The group site will remain open during the week and weekends. Go to reservecalifornia.com for available reservations.