Parks and Recreation Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Yes, jumpers are allowed at Camp Comfort, Dennison, Foster, Oak, Saticoy, Soule, Steckel, Tapo Canyon, Kenney Grove and Warring Parks only. Besides the vehicle entry fees, there is an additional $125 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.
Yes, 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.
County Parks is taking reservations for the beach parks. You can also drive in and pay for any open site using our mobile payment.
No, a reservation fee does not include a $5.00 per vehicle weekend, $2.00 weekday or $15.00 per bus entry (12 persons or more) fee.
A non-refundable reservation fee of $21.50 shall be charged for group reservations, and $11.00 for individual reservations at time of reservation when calling. The first change to all reservations is complimentary (except for front end shortening, see below), so long as the change is made at least 15 days before the first day of the reservation for facilities and group use, and at least 7 days before the first day of the reservation for camping, before incurring a $15.00 fee for each additional change. A maximum of three changes per reservation allowed.
Beach parks only: Changes to the front end of a reservation to shorten the stay will be imposed a $10 per day charge for each day shortened, plus a $15 change fee.
Park visitors unable to keep a reservation due to an emergency are eligible for a voucher for later use. Vouchers are also available for extraordinary weather conditions such as severe storms or disaster conditions only. Proof must be supplied to verify the emergency. The voucher will be valid for 12 months from date issued. The voucher is nontransferable and is not valid in non-County managed parks. Application for the voucher is through the Parks Reservation Center (805) 654-3951.
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.
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.
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.
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 4:00 p.m.
Camping reservations can be made 48 hours to 12 months before the date requested on line. Beach parks have the following window: Faria and Hobson 48 hours to 180 days out and Rincon Parkway 48 hours to 90 days out. Group area reservations can be made from 3 weeks to 12 months before the date requested.
Maximum cumulative length of all single stays in any one campground is 30 days during peak season and 30 days during the off-season, per calendar year.
Maximum stay is 14 consecutive days in county parks (with the exception of the Rincon Parkway). Campers at Hobson Beach Park, Faria Beach Park and the Rincon Parkway must vacate the park for seven (7) days after a single stay of any length before reentry to any beach park. All inland parks must be vacated for 48 hours after a single stay of any length before reoccupying the same park. Maximum cumulative length of all single stays in the County operated park system is sixty (60) peak season days and sixty (60) off-season days per twelve (12) month period, for a maximum of one hundred twenty (120) days total. 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 seven (7) days during the period of 1 April through 31 October or no more than fourteen (14) days during the period of 1 November through 31 March.
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.
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Effective January 1, 2019)
An Individual reservation is a specific campsite by a single party. The same party can reserve a four (4) campsite maximum for inland parks. (this does not apply to Beach parks were an individual may only have one site per individual per stay) 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.
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.
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.