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OC Parks COVID-19 Modified Operations

UPDATED 10/01/20: 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.

  • Playgrounds are open. Please follow these simple steps provided by the California Department of Public Health when visiting the playgrounds.
  • The grounds of Arden: The Helena Modjeska Historic Home and Gardens are now open Saturdays only, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The buildings remain closed.
  • Issuing of photography permits has resumed.
  • Shelters remain closed and are not available to reserve. Processing permit requests other than photography permits temporarily suspended. 
  • OC Parks Annual Parking Passes are available for purchase online or at select facilities. Please visit our annual pass page for more information. 
  • Individual campsites at Caspers Wilderness Park and O’Neill Regional Park are open. Reservations may be made online, or by calling the park or visiting in person. No group camping available. 
  • County-Operated Beaches: Parking lots and restrooms are open at all County of Orange-operated beaches. Playgrounds and shelters remain closed. Please observe physical distancing guidelines. See the County’s letter to the State regarding its beach reopening plan
  • Beach hours are as follows: 
    • County Beaches in South Laguna Beach (Aliso, Table Rock, West, Camel Point, and Treasure Island beaches):  6 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. Thousand Steps Beach is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. 
    • Capistrano and Poche Beaches: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 
    • Salt Creek and Strands Beaches: 5 a.m.-12 a.m. daily. 
    • Baby Beach: 5 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 
    • Bayside Beach (at Newport Harbor Patrol) – 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 
  • Sports fields (baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis) open for walk-up play on a first come, first served basis. No league play.
  • Farmers Market has returned to Irvine Regional Park Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Expiration dates on all existing OC Parks Annual Parking Passes that were valid as of March 18, 2020 will be automatically extended for an additional two months from the original date of expiration. 
  • Parking lots and restrooms are open at all County regional and wilderness parks. This includes: Carbon Canyon, Clark, Craig, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mason, Mile Square, O’Neill, Peters Canyon, Santiago Oaks, Tri-City, Wieder and Yorba regional parks, as well as Aliso and Wood Canyons, Caspers, Laguna Coast, Riley, Whiting Ranch wilderness parks and Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. 
  • Irvine Lake is open for fishing during its regular weekend hours. 
  • The grounds of Heritage Hill Historical Park are open. All buildings remain closed. 
  • The following amenities remain closed: exercise equipment, shelters, nature centers and park offices (select park offices open for annual parking pass sales only. Please visit our annual pass page for more information). 
  • Some volunteer programs and activities may resume with restrictions. 
  • All public events, programs and activities canceled. 
  • OC Parks Headquarters is closed. 
  • Park Offices at Carbon Canyon, Clark, Craig, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Mason, Mile Square, Santiago Oaks and Yorba regional parks are closed. 
  • The Nix Nature Center at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is closed. 
  • The Muth Interpretive Center at Upper Newport Bay is closed. 
  • The Interpretive Center at Clark Regional Park is closed. 
  • All nature centers at regional parks are closed. 
  • The grounds of Irvine Ranch Historic Park are open. All buildings remain closed. 
  • Old Orange County Courthouse is closed. 

Staff is available to answer your questions. We ask that you call the parks for more information and practice safe social distancing. Contact information for all our parks can be found by visiting the OC Parks website at 

We apologize for the inconvenience but value you as a patron. More information about COVID-19 can be found at the OC Health Care Agency website