On this page, you’ll find an alphabetical summary of regulations for visiting California recreation areas. For area-specific rules, regulations, and procedures, link to our summary of individual locations:
- Auburn State Recreation Area
- Franks Tract State Recreation Area
- Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area
- Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
- Lake Perris State Recreation Area
- Perris Reservoir State Recreation Area
- Picacho State Recreation Area
- Providence Mountains State Recreation Area
- San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area
- Control: all animals must be under the person’s immediate control
- Public nuisance: noisy, vicious, disturbing, or dangers animals are not allowed and must be removed upon request by a peace officer
- Release: in general, animals may not be turned loose
(Also see “Cats” and “Dogs” below) [14 CCR § 4312(a) – (c)]
During the night, cats must remain inside a tent, camper, or enclosed vehicle. (Also see “Animals” above) [14 CCR § 4312(d)]
- Authorized areas: in general, dogs are only allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, roads, structures, or in areas posted within the unit.
- Beaches: In general, dogs are not allowed on any beach adjacent to any body of water
- Control: dogs are NOT allowed to run loose and must either be (a) on a leash of no more than six feet and under immediate control of a person or (b) confined in a vehicle.
- Hunting: in areas where hunting is allowed, hunting dogs are also allowed
- Overnight: dogs must remain either inside a tent, camper, or enclosed vehicle.
- Public nuisances: noisy, vicious, or dangerous dogs—or one that is disturbing other people—are NOT allowed and must be removed upon request by a peace officer
- Release: dogs must not be released in a SRA except with written authorization.
(Also see “Animals” above) [14 CCR § 4312(a) – (g)]
In general, fish and bait may be taken for recreational—but not commercial—purposes. [14 CCR § 4305(b)]
When hunting is authorized and conducted in a lawful manner, area-specific regulations supersede these general rules (see list above). [14 CCR § 4305(c)]
A bulletin board or similar device must be posted at (1) the district headquarters, (2) the unit affected, and (3) in a location convenient for the general public, with any special instructions and orders, e.g. hours of operation, swimming and boating restrictions, hunting and camping restrictions. [14 CCR 4301(i)]
In general, the recreational gathering of stones and minerals found occurring naturally on the undisturbed surface of the land, including panning for gold in the natural water-washed gravel of streams is allowed under the following conditions:
- Beaches: only allowed on beaches within the wave action zones or gravel bars subject to annual flooding on streams
- Boating Areas: NOT allowed
- Gold Panning: goldpans are allowed and waters must not be muddied beyond 20 feet
- Indian Artifacts: NOT allowed, e.g. arrowheads and stone tools
- Posting: Rockhounding is allowed only in units or portions of units that are properly posted (see “Notice” above)
- Swimming Areas: NOT allowed
- Tools: NOT allowed except for gold panning with goldpans
- Weight Restrictions: each day, no person may take more than (a) one specimen and/or (b) 15 pounds of mineralogical material from any one unit
Spotlights are not allowed on any kind of animal or fish. [14 CCR § 4305(a)]
- Protection: in general, it’s illegal to disturb, feed, harm, hunt, injure, kill, net, poison, spotlight, take, tease, touch, trap, or any kind of animal or fish (see “Fishing” and “Hunting” above).
- Feeding: it’s illegal to feed any wildlife or feral animal listed on a notice, provided the notice is properly posted by the DNR (see “Notice” above). [14 CCR § 4305(e)]
- Release: in general, it’s illegal to release any animal except under his or her immediate control.
[14 CCR § 4305(a), (b)]