McArthur-Burney Falls State Park 2018 season opens May 11

From Catherine Camp:

FRIENDS OF BURNEY FALLS
Volume 4

McArthur Burney Falls State Park opens the 2018 season  on May 11!  Of course, the Park is open year round, and welcomes visitors at any time.  But the full staffing, including Visitor Center and the Store open typically this time of year.

We hope your plans include a visit this year!

The remarkably wet spring we have had ensures that the falls are roaring and beautiful.  The spring flowers are blooming and the birds are beginning to be heard.  The black swifts haven’t yet returned, but they will be flitting in and around the falls soon.  This pre-Memorial Day period is an especially lovely time to come, as the crowds are less!

All the trails are open, except for the Lake Trail and the PSEA Trail. Both closures begin at the Rainbow Footbridge and continue north to Lake Britton.  The very wet 2016-17 winter destabilized the land supporting the trail, and extensive rerouting is planned but not yet completed.  The Falls Loop Trail, the Headwaters Trail and the Cemetery Trail are all open and inviting.

The Friends of Burney Falls and Castle Crags State Parks has completed our 2017 Annual Report.  We include specifics about  interpretative activities in both parks.  We also report on how we spent the revenue we receive from recycling, the sale of firewood and from sales in the Visitor Center, as well as donations.  If you would like a copy, reply to this e-mail and we’ll send it to you by mail or on line.

The California State Park system is transitioning to a new reservation system for camp sites.  It is now ReserveCalifornia, and the transition has been a little bumpy for some.  If you have difficulty making a reservation, call their number at 1-800-444-7275.  The on site camp staff do not make reservations after the start of the season.

Friends of Burney Falls is not a political organization.  However, we have endorsed Proposition 68 on the June ballot in California.  Proposition 68 would authorize $4.1 billion in bonds for park and water projects.  Notably for us, it would provide desperately needed funds for deferred maintenance in parks like ours.  We encourage those of you in California to look carefully at this proposition.

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