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OC Parks COVID-19 Modified Operations

UPDATED 2/3/21: 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.

  • Individual campsites at Caspers Wilderness Park and O'Neill Regional Park are now open. Reservations may be made online, by calling the park or by visiting the park in person. No group camping available.
  • OC Zoo will reopen Feb. 3 with modifications.
  • Playgrounds and fitness courses are open. Please follow these simple steps provided by the California Department of Public Health when visiting.  
  • Most historical parks closed. The grounds of Irvine Ranch Historic Park and Heritage Hill Historical Park are open; all buildings remain closed. The Old Orange County Courthouse is open for marriage licenses by appointment only with the Clerk-Recorder; no walk-in applicants at this time.
  • Issuing of photography permits has resumed.
  • Shelter reservations suspended.
  • Processing permit requests other than photography permits temporarily suspended. 
  • 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 (baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis) open for walk-up play on a first come, first served basis. Practice only, no games/competition allowed.
  • 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. 
  • Some volunteer programs and activities may resume with restrictions. 
  • OC Parks Headquarters is closed. 
  • Park Offices at Carbon Canyon, Clark, Craig, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mason, Mile Square, Santiago Oaks and Yorba regional parks are closed. 
  • The Nix Nature Center at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is closed. 
  • The Muth Interpretive Center at Upper Newport Bay 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 

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