Irvine Regional Park


Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 973-6835
irvinepark@ocparks.com

Fall - Winter Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST

Spring - Summer Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. PDT

Office Hours: Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parking fees: $3 per vehicle entry Monday - Friday; $5 Saturday - Sunday; Higher for some holidays and events (Fee Information)

Irvine Regional Park is nestled among a grove of heritage Oak and Sycamore trees. The rolling foothills surrounding the park are filled with a variety of wildlife. Trees and shaded turf areas provide a serene setting for leisure activities. Santiago Creek bisects the park and a pond with stone-work waterfall and foot bridge is located in the center of the park. The variety of landscape greatly enhances the park's beauty. Remember to visit the OC Zoo inside the park.

Activities

Park visitors enjoying a ride on the Irvine Park Railroad.Tables and barbecues are located throughout the 491-acre park with convenient parking and restroom facilities nearby. A paved bicycle/walking trail meanders through the central park providing easy access to six playgrounds, four softball fields, two horseshoe pits and lake.

A three-mile equestrian trail skirts the perimeter of the central park providing scenic views of the park and it's natural scenery. Horse trailers can be parked on the north perimeter of the train station parking lot. A lookout trail is on the north slope of the natural area where a covered shelter, watering trough and water fountain are available.

Group Picnic Areas... Four group picnic areas are available for large group picnics of 155 or more. Most have built-in barbecues, sinks and permanent tables. All groups of 100 or more are required to obtain a group activity permit a minimum of 15 working days prior to the day of use. Rates for reserving group picnic areas are variable according to size and type of group. Parking fees not included with reservations.

Group Area I is located near the lake and boathouse. Maximum capacity is 200, minimum group size is 155. A nearby ball field and volleyball area may be used on a "first-come" basis.

Group Area II is located near the bandstand/stage. Maximum capacity is 200, minimum group size is 155. A nearby ball field and volleyball area may be used on a "first-come" basis.

Group Area III is located in the back of the park with a more secluded atmosphere. Maximum capacity is 250, minimum group size is 155. There is a playground nearby and the playing field is again "first-come".

Group Area IV is located in the Villa Park Loop area. This area has a maximum capacity of 350 people and a minimum of 155. The nearby playground can be used on a first come, first served basis.

Concessions... Bicycle and aquacycle rentals are located adjacent to the historic boathouse. Rentals are available throughout the summer, weekends and holidays. For more information visit irvineparkrailroad.com.

The Lakeside Snack Bar is located adjacent to the historic boathouse. A variety of hot and cold food is availble, as well as, picnic supplies. Operating hours are seasonally variable.

Children's pony rides are offered year round, daily except Mondays. Hours of operation are weekdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends and holidays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The operating schedule is subject to change, primarily due to weather conditions. For information about the pony rides only, please call (714) 559-9147.

A water bike on the lake
The Irvine Park Railroad and snack shop is located across from the pony rides and is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A 10-minute train ride meanders past the two lakes and circles through an oak woodland. There are also four party pavilions that can be reserved for parties of fewer than 40 through the Train Station.

Sycamore Hill group area is the newest reservable private picnic area located within the park. Requests for this area should be directed to the Irvine Park Railroad at (714) 997-3968.

News

September 10, 2020 
OC Zoo Opens Sept. 12 with Modifications

The OC Zoo inside Irvine Regional Park will reopen Saturday, Sept. 12 with modifications to promote the health and safety of our visitors, staff and animals. These measures are based on guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of California.

The number of visitors will be limited, and visitors must follow a designated path of travel within the zoo. Keeper chats, animal presentations, and animal interactions will not be offered at this time to discourage congregations of people. Our Petting Zoo, feeding of goats and sheep, and animal interactions are closed temporarily while we minimize public contact with animals.


May 1, 2020 
OC Parks COVID-19 Modified Operations

UPDATED 9/10/20: 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.


June 16, 2020 
Information Regarding Unauthorized Trails

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OC Parks serves as the steward of 60,000 acres of County parks, beaches and open space. This stewardship involves the protection and preservation of sustainable, healthy habitat both for generations of future visitors and also the local wildlife that live in it.

The County’s regional and wilderness parks and open space offer hundreds of miles of existing trails for pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian uses. Building and use of unauthorized trails, however, remains an ongoing issue.

These unauthorized trails cut through preserved habitat and jeopardize public access, native habitat and wildlife. In many parks, OC Parks does not even have the discretion to allow or disregard unauthorized trails; it is bound by state and federal agencies to preserve the land.

Here are some of the top reasons to stay off unauthorized, unmarked trails.


February 25, 2020 
2020 Catfish Stocking Schedule by Week

Upcoming catfish stocking schedule by week for Irvine Lake, Carbon Canyon, Craig, Clark, Tri-City, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mile Square and Yorba regional Parks.

California fishing license required* and all California Department of Fish and Wildlife rules apply.
(*license not required at Irvine Lake)


October 24, 2019 
2019-20 Trout Stocking Schedule by Week

**Revised 2/18/20
Upcoming trout stocking schedule by week for Irvine Lake, Carbon Canyon Craig, Clark, Tri-City, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mile Square and Yorba regional Parks.

California fishing license required* and all California Department of Fish and Wildlife rules apply.
(*license not required at Irvine Lake)


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None currently scheduled.