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State parks go mobile

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POSTED July 16, 2010 10:11 p.m.

A mobile application has been created for those last minute campers or recreation seekers to help find an available camp site at California State Parks up to 48 hours prior to departure.

“We want to give our visitors a user friendly mobile connection to their state parks,” said Ruth Coleman, director of California State Parks. “People lead busy lives and don’t have time to plan ahead; this lets them be spontaneous.”

The recently created mobile application allows campers to search for the availability of campsites from 48 hours to two weeks out. It also gives additional information on activities such as biking, hiking, tours, fishing and much more for all California State Parks.

Campers can find a state park, make reservations and find activities at their campsite all through the mobile application.

To check out the new mobile application, visit http://m.parks.ca.gov from your mobile device. Visitors can look up options for finding a state park, find reservation availability and parks by activity.

Visitors can check out some state parks in the area such as—Turlock Lake, McConnell, Caswell Memorial, George Hatfield, San Luis Reservoir and the Great Valley Grasslands. All local state parks are open to the public this year.

Turlock Lake is open all year and provides grounds for 66 camping sites, picnicking, fishing, swimming, boating and water skiing. It is located in La Grange off of Lake Road. Visitors can use the new mobile application to make reservations for camp sites. This weekend is not available for more campers but there are available camping sites within the next two weeks.

The McConnell State Recreation Area is more focused on fishing as it is on the banks of the Merced River, but there are also camping and picnic sites available. Fishers can catch anything from catfish to black bass to perch at this state park. McConnell Park is located about five miles southeast of Delhi. Reservations are available for this weekend and within the next two weeks.

Located in Hilmar, the George Hatfield State Recreation Area is home to many trees and wildlife, especially birds. Visitors can swim, fish, and picnic at this park. Reservations are not available for this weekend but sites are available within the next two weeks.

Calaveras Big Trees is a little further from Turlock — located northeast of Stockton — but the park has become a major tourist attraction since the preservation of the giant sequoia trees that include the “Discovery Tree,” which is the first Sierra redwood noted by Augustus T. Dowd in 1852. There are hiking trails, 129 campsites, and picnic areas. Reservations are available this weekend and within the next two weeks.

For more information, check out the California Department of Parks and Recreation new mobile device.

To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail mmartens@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.

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