Frequently Asked Questions

Extreme danger for wildfire exists in the South Yuba River canyon. Fire is prohibited to protect this community.

Broken glass is dangerous and difficult to remove. For this reason, CA State Parks has made glass at the river a finable offense. Help us keep bare feet and paws safe by leaving glass at home.


Trash facilities are located at the HWY 49 and Bridgeport Crossings only. No trash facilities are located at Purdon and Edwards Crossings. Please leave no trace—pack out what you pack in and recycle. Check out this post to learn more about how to leave no trace.

Yes, your four-legged friends are welcome at the river on a leash. Please help us keep the river smelling fresh and free from harmful bacteria by packing out your pooch’s poo.

Camping is allowed in designated camp sites only, on a first come, first serve basis. Designated campsites are located at the South Yuba Campground, Illinois Crossing, and the South Yuba Primitive Camp, all of which are administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). All State Park lands are DAY USE ONLY. Land ownership is varied within the canyon. Be sure to plan your visit by reviewing BLM’s South Yuba Recreation Area website and map for more camping information. Please remember fires are prohibited. is a helpful online resource dedicated to reporting realtime river flows. Check out water levels on the South Yuba River at HWY 49.

Yes. Portable restrooms are located at the Bridgeport, Purdon and HWY 49 Crossings. A vault toilet is located at Edwards Crossing and flush toilets may be found near the visitor center at Bridgeport Crossing.

Parking is limited at the river. Please carpool when possible! Keep roads clear to ensure emergency vehicles may pass. Avoid receiving a parking ticket, or having your vehicle towed, by obeying parking signs.

Parking is free at each crossing except Bridgeport Crossing. $10 parking fees are collected at Bridgeport Crossing to help support the park with critical resources to keep it open.

Very little to no cell service may be found at the river.

Alcohol is prohibited at the South Yuba River State Park.

Take the River Ambassador pledge! Plan ahead and pledge to:

  • Bring drinks in river-safe, non-breakable containers and recycle when you’re done!
  • Leave no trace—bring trash and dog waste bags. Pack out what you pack in.
  • Never start a fire in the highly flammable South Yuba River canyon.