Parking Fee at Bridgeport Necessary to Keep State Park Open

California State Park employee at the new Bridgeport Parking kiosk

When you visit the South Yuba River State Park at Bridgeport this summer, you will see something new – a parking kiosk staffed by a state park employee, and a newly paved and expanded parking lot.

The California State Parks Department recently implemented a $5/vehicle fee in the parking lots. To encourage use of the parking lots and improve pedestrian safety, parking is restricted on portions of Pleasant Valley Road.

“This modest parking fee is necessary to keep the South Yuba River State Park open and accessible to all,” stated Caleb Dardick, SYRCL’s Executive Director. We encourage all river users to embrace this new fee understanding that this a critical component of keeping the park open, clean and safe.”

More than 10,000 people petitioned the Governor to keep the park open. That demonstration of support for the park coupled with the leadership of our County Supervisors and the agreement to collect parking fees are the key ingredients that saved the park from permanent closure.

“I was pleased to pay for parking at the river on Mother’s Day to enjoy the day with my family knowing that my small contribution is helping to keep the park staff and services available to us,” stated a visitor.

Read the full State Park Press Release

Read the parking passes information