Cache Creek Canyon Regional Park

Cache Creek Canyon Regional Park
August 8, 2006
By Beth Gabor, Yolo County Public Information Officer & Kimberly Bellows, U.C. Davis Intern

Cache Creek Park Photo

Just up State Highway 16, an hour outside Woodland, you’ll find the jewel of the Yolo County Park system – Cache Creek Canyon Regional Park. The park includes, among other things, a campground and two accompanying sites referred to as the upper, middle and lower sites. The middle site is unquestionably the brightest jewel with beautifully maintained campsites, a recycled materials playground and easy access to Cache Creek. The upper and lower sites are popular with rafters and kayakers alike, providing “put-in” areas for scenic and challenging river recreation.

As a whole, the 700-acre park offers opportunities for picnicking, nature study, fishing (you’ll find pike, carp, catfish and bass), hiking and horseback riding trails, river recreation and camping. The lower site provides entree to 54,000 acres of Federal Bureau of Land Management land, which includes the Blue Ridge Trail network. Park officials hope someday to build a footbridge across the creek providing access to many additional acres of public land. For information on hiking opportunities in and around Cache Creek Canyon Regional Park, visit www.yolohiker.org (created by Andrew Fulks, Yolo County resident and member of the Parks, Recreation and Wildlife Advisory Committee).

As the county’s only campground, and California’s first solar-powered campground, the middle site provides 45 individual campsites, three group sites, one RV dumping area, a playground, an on-site park host, a day use picnic area, restrooms and access to Cache Creek. Up to eight people are permitted on individual campsites with 30 allowed on group sites. Individual sites are $17/night for county residents; $19/night for non-residents and group sites are $115/night for residents; $165/night for non-residents. Generally, all Yolo County parks have a $6/day parking fee for day use. For more information on seasonal fees and yearlong passes, call (530) 666-8115 or go to: www.yolocounty.org/prm/fee_schedule.htm.

Yolo County recently received $371,000 in Proposition 50 funding for three county parks, including Cache Creek Canyon Regional Park. Proposition 50, the Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act, passed in 2002, authorizes the legislature to appropriate funds for acquisition, protection, restoration and development of river parkways. The $76,000 received specifically for Cache Creek Canyon Regional Park will be used to construct an educational trail, remove invasive species, perform riparian restoration and install a handicapped access ramp down to the creek.

This is just the beginning according to Julia McIver, Deputy Director of Parks and Natural Resources and Scott Lines, Principal Parks Planner. Both look forward to overhauling the park system in an effort to draw more people to the county’s wealth of natural resources. “Yolo County’s parks have so much unrealized potential,” notes Julia McIver. “We now have to figure out how to bring the resources to bear on making that potential a reality.”

Parks and Natural Resources Management is a division of the Planning, Resources and Public Works Department. The Division is responsible for management of the county's many natural resources and is responsible for maintenance and improvement of county parks, boat launches and fishing accesses, and the Gibson Historical Museum. For more information on Yolo County parks and natural resources go to: http://www.yolocounty.org/Index.aspx?page=371.