Does a reservation fee include vehicle entry fees?
No, a reservation fee does not include a $4.00 per vehicle weekend, $2.00 weekday or $15.00 per bus entry (12 persons or more) fee.
Are pets allowed at any of the Ventura County Parks?
No dogs are permitted in County Parks except in those areas set by the Director and appropriately posted. Dogs are permitted in areas designed for overnight camping, when the dog owner is in possession of a valid overnight camping permit. All such dogs must be kept tethered on a leash not exceeding six (6) feet in length. Max of two dogs per site. “Guide Dogs” are authorized if leashed and are fee exempt.
Is alcohol allowed at any of the Ventura County Parks?
Yes, alcohol is allowed at any of the Ventura County Parks. However, it is unlawful for any person under the age of 21 years to have any alcoholic beverage in his possession within the confines of a County Park.
Are DJ’s, bands or amplified music allowed at any of the Ventura County Parks?
No person shall operate any sound amplification device in such a manner that it will be audible at a distance in excess of 100 feet from the sound amplifying equipment, unless a “Sound Amplification Device Permit” is first obtained from the Director. A permit for sound amplification devices shall be filed with the Director. A general description of the sound amplification device which is to be used, the volume in decibels of the sound which will be produced, and any other information which the Director finds necessary will be required to make a fair determination as to whether a “Sound Amplification Device Permit” should be issued. The Director shall issue a “Sound Amplification Device Permit” when he finds that the operation of such a sound amplification device will not unreasonably disturb other users of the County Park or adjacent residences, even though the sound will be audible for a distance in excess of 100 feet.
How far in advance can reservations be made?
Reservations can be made from 3 weeks to 12 months before the date requested. A reservation fee of $20.00 shall be charged for group reservations, and $10.00 for individual reservations (reservation fees are non-refundable). The first change to a reservation is free as a courtesy; additional changes will incur a $10.00 charge per change.
Are jumpers allowed at any of the Ventura County Parks?
Yes, jumpers are allowed at Camp Comfort, Dennison, Foster, Oak, Saticoy, Soule, Steckel, Tapo Canyon, and Warring Parks only. Besides the vehicle entry fees, there is an additional $110 fee and paperwork for having a jumper at one of the parks mentioned above, however if a group area is reserved, the fee is waived.
How are County Parks funded?
The County Parks Department is funded through revenues received from user fees, state, and federal grants. The Department is not funded by local tax dollars. All user fees are retained by the Parks Enterprise Fund for the continued maintenance and enhancement of its recreation facilities.
What is the difference between individual and group reservations?
An Individual reservation is a specific campsite by a single party. The same party can reserve a two (2) campsite maximum. A Group reservation may reserve a minimum of five (5) sites up to the campground capacity. In addition, a Group reservation is used for group use areas.
Can reservations be made at beach parks?
County Parks is not taking reservations for (Faria Beach Park and Rincon) the beach parks at this time. Reservations can be made for Hobson Beach Park for the off season.
Why is insurance required?
Insurance is required when extraordinary activities are conducted. Permits for alcohol sales, special use and/or one day sales require insurance. Please call to see if your activity will require insurance.
Why does it cost to use a County park and does not cost to use a City park?
The County Parks Department is funded through revenues received from user fees, state, and federal grants. The Department is not funded by local tax dollars. All user fees are retained by the Parks Enterprise Fund for the continued maintenance and enhancement of its recreation facilities. Most city parks are funded through the city general fund and/or park district using tax dollars.
Does it cost to make a change to a reservation?
A reservation fee of $20.00 shall be charged for group reservations, and $10.00 for individual reservations (reservation fees are non-refundable). The first change to a reservation is free as a courtesy; additional changes will incur a $10.00 charge per change.
How do I make a reservation for a group picnic area?
Ventura County Parks offers a variety of group facilities that can be reserved. Since these sites are very popular, we suggest reserving early. To reserve a picnic area or to find out more about special use permits, please contact the Parks Reservation Center at (805) 654-3951 Monday – Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
How long can I camp at a Ventura County Park?
Maximum stay is 14 consecutive days in county parks (with the exception of the Rincon Parkway). Campers at Hobson Beach Park and Faria Beach Park must vacate the park for seven (7) days after a single stay of any length before occupying either Hobson Beach Park, Faria Beach Park, or Rincon Parkway. Campers at any park other than Hobson Beach Park, Faria Beach Park, or Rincon Parkway must vacate the park for 48 hours after a single stay of any length before re-occupying the same park. Maximum length of stay in the County operated park system is sixty (60) days per twelve (12) month period, although an individual may stay a maximum of ninety (90) days total, if thirty (30) of those days are during the “off season” as defined by the Rent and Fee Schedule. The Director may designate any such park for extended lengths of stay, not to exceed thirty (30) consecutive days during “off-season”. Maximum stay for the Rincon Parkway is no more than 120 continuous hours or continuous fraction thereof during the period of 1 April through 31 October or no more than 336 continuous hours or continuous fraction thereof, during the period of 1 November through 31 March. Campers must vacate the county beach parks for 7 days (with the exception of the Rincon Parkway) before reentry. The Rincon must be vacated for 14 days before reentry to the Rincon.
How can I reserve an athletic field?
Ventura County Parks offers a limited range of sports facilities for organized sports or a friendly pick-up game, including, softball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and volleyball courts.
Sports leagues, organizations, or groups need a special use permit, available through the Parks Reservation Center at (805) 654-3951 Monday – Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Organizations that have reserved on an ongoing, annual basis have priority over new requests.
How can I reserve a meeting room or other community center area?
The Ventura County Parks Reservation Center (805) 654-3951 handles the reservations for the Casitas Springs, Oak View, Piru, Saticoy, and Roger Jones Community Centers.
Does the County Parks give Rain Checks?
Park visitors unable to keep a reservation due to an emergency are eligible for a rain check. Rain checks are also available for extraordinary weather conditions such as severe storms or disaster conditions only. Proof must be supplied to verify the emergency. The rain check will be valid for four months from date issued. The rain check is nontransferable and is not valid in leased parks. Application for the rain check is through the Parks Reservation Center (805) 654-3951.
What are the hours of operation at park headquarters?
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (Effective November 5, 2007)