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South Yuba River SP a local hiking treasure


We are so lucky to have such a beautiful, accessible and historic State Park right here in our own backyard. Bridgeport is a special area rich in history and lots of recreational opportunities. Many of us love to take our regular walks along the Buttermilk Bend or the Point Defiance trails at Bridgeport. In order to keep this wonderful park open during these tight fiscal times, an agreement was worked out with Nevada County and California State Parks to start charging a modest parking fee of $5.00 per vehicle. It is a small price to pay to keep our park open. However, if you use the park often, the parking fees can add up. One way to address this issue is through the purchase of an annual pass that fits your needs.

If you are 62 or older, you may be eligible for the Limited Use Golden Bear Pass, which costs $20.00. The pass is good for unlimited parking for your vehicle at most of the California State Parks from the day after Labor Day until the Thursday before Memorial Day. The pass must be renewed each calendar year.

Other options for annual passes are:

Golden Poppy Pass – $125 per year – at $5.00 per visit that equals 25 visits to the park. This pass can also be used at most Northern and Central California parks where parking fees are charged, including South Yuba River State Park, Auburn State Recreation Area, and Donner Memorial State Park.

Regular Annual State Park Pass – $195/year, are accepted at most all State Parks.

Also look into the Disabled Discount Pass, Golden Bear Pass and the Distinguished Veteran Pass.

For more information and pass applications, visit

Please join the South Yuba River State Park Association and help support the good work of the Association for interpretation and education within the park lands of the South Yuba River State Park. Please visit our website at or call 530-432-2546.

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The Union Updated Jan 4, 2013 10:44AM Published Dec 13, 2012 08:21AM Copyright 2012 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.