AB 618 will improve California’s system to secure scarce campsite reservations, among other measures to increase park accessibility for all users.
- Sarah Goodman
Sacramento, CA – Governor Newsom has signed Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan’s bill, AB 618, which will increase access to California's public parks and beaches by promoting responsible reservation practices.
"California's public parks and beaches are treasures that should be enjoyed by all Californians and demand for them has increased greatly," said Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan. "Unfortunately, our current outdated reservation system has led to a situation where many campsites are left empty. By promoting responsible reservation practices, we can increase access to these vital resources."
With more than 6.5 million visitors camping in California parks each year, demand has never been higher. Popular sites are often booked up within minutes, right at 8 AM, months in advance. Families often struggle to plan trips into the outdoors. There is currently no penalty for unused reservations so when campers don’t show up, those valuable spots go unused.
AB 618 requires future California contracts for the online camping registration system to deter late cancellations and no-shows. The bill also requires the state to implement a lottery system for the five most popular sites.
"I am committed to ensuring that all Californians have equal access to our state's natural resources, and AB 618 is an important step towards achieving that goal," said Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan.