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OC Parks COVID-19 Modified Operations

UPDATED 5/5/21: In an effort to minimize the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on park patrons, staff, and the Orange County community at large, and consistent with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Governor’s office, the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA), OC Parks are operating in the following manner.

  • Park office at Mason Regional Park is open with modifications Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Park office at Craig Regional Park is open to sell annual passes Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Park office at Clark Regional park is open with modifications Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. as staff is available.

  • Park office at Santiago Oaks Regional Park is open limited hours with modifications: Wednesdays, Fridays and alternate Mondays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Park office at Peters Canyon Regional Park is open limited hours with modifications: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Park offices at Carbon Canyon, Yorba, Irvine and Mile Square regional parks are open with modifications.

  • Reservations for outdoor shelters are now being accepted for activities/events on or after Saturday, May 1. All State and local guidelines regarding public gatherings must be followed. Please visit our reservations page for more information.
  • Individual campsites at Caspers Wilderness Park and O’Neill Regional Park are open. Reservations may be made online, by calling the park or by visiting in person. Reservations for group campsites are now being accepted for camping on or after Saturday, May 1.

  • Issuing of special event, filming and photography, and group instruction permits has resumed. All State and local guidelines regarding public gatherings must be followed. Please visit our permits page for more information.

  • Park offices at Irvine and Mile Square regional parks are open with modifications.

  • Some volunteer programs and activities have resumed with restrictions. 

  • The Old Orange County Courthouse historic exhibits are open to public visitors. Event and group activities remain unavailable. Marriage license services are available. Appointments are recommended and may be made with the Clerk-Recorder. Passport Services are closed at this time.  
  • The park grounds at Arden: Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens are now open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The Muth Interpretive Center at Upper Newport Bay is open Thursdays through Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. subject to volunteer availability.

  • The Nix Nature Center at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park open at limited capacity weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The reception desk is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., closed on weekends.
  • The OC Zoo is open with modifications.

  • Playgrounds and fitness courses are open. Please follow these simple steps provided by the California Department of Public Health when visiting.

  • The grounds of Irvine Ranch Historic Park and Heritage Hill Historical Park are open; all buildings remain closed.

  • OC Parks Annual Parking Passes are available for purchase online or at select facilities. Please visit our annual pass page for more information. 

  • County-Operated Beaches: Parking lots and restrooms are open at all County of Orange-operated beaches. Please observe physical distancing guidelines. See the County’s letter to the State regarding its beach reopening plan

  • Beach hours are as follows: 

    • County Beaches in South Laguna Beach (Aliso, Table Rock, West, Camel Point, and Treasure Island beaches):  6 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. Thousand Steps Beach is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. 

    • Capistrano and Poche Beaches: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 

    • Salt Creek and Strands Beaches: 5 a.m.-12 a.m. daily. 

    • Baby Beach: 5 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 

    • Bayside Beach (at Newport Harbor Patrol) – 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 

  • Sports fields open for league play (youth and adult practices/games). Reservations required at some facilities, please inquire with the park.

  • Farmers Market has returned to Irvine Regional Park Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

  • Expiration dates on all existing OC Parks Annual Parking Passes that were valid as of March 18, 2020 will be automatically extended for an additional two months from the original date of expiration. 

  • Parking lots and restrooms are open at all County regional and wilderness parks. This includes: Carbon Canyon, Clark, Craig, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mason, Mile Square, O’Neill, Peters Canyon, Santiago Oaks, Tri-City, Wieder and Yorba regional parks, as well as Aliso and Wood Canyons, Caspers, Laguna Coast, Riley wilderness parks and Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. 

  • Irvine Lake is open for fishing during its regular weekend hours. 

  • OC Parks Headquarters is closed. 

  • The Interpretive Center at Clark Regional Park is closed. 

  • All nature centers at regional parks are closed. 

Staff is available to answer your questions. We ask that you call the parks for more information and practice safe social distancing. Contact information for all our parks can be found by visiting the OC Parks website at ocparks.com 

We apologize for the inconvenience but value you as a patron. More information about COVID-19 can be found at the OC Health Care Agency website https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/