Do you want to camp at Donner State Park up in Lake Tahoe later this summer? As of last week, you have to go to a new site to make your reservation instead of the usual ReserveAmerica.com. The new system, called ReserveCalifornia, applies only to the California State Park system and promises to streamline the entire process.
On the ReserveCalifornia website, you’ll be able to see availability and reserve six months in advance of the current date for campsites in over 100 parks at the moment (more to come online soon). This is great news for those of you that love to plan ahead as you may be able to score a hard-to-book place like the Steep Ravine cabins in Mount Tamalpais State Park.
Similar to the national website, you still have to pay booking fees — $7.99 for camping reservations and $3.99 for tour reservations. If you already reserved a campsite through ReserveAmerica, don’t worry — they are still valid. And if you are looking to go to Yosemite or another one of California’s national parks, those campsites are still handled through Recreation.gov. Confused yet?
Now let’s just hope that ReserveCalifornia have figured out a way to deal with those pesky campsite booking bots.