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Home National & State Parks California California’s Silver Strand State Beach Campground to Offer New Electrical and Water Hookups

California’s Silver Strand State Beach Campground to Offer New Electrical and Water Hookups

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Summer campground reservations are now being accepted for California's Silver Strand State Beach in San Diego where campers will find new electrical and water hookups and a new sewage dump station.

The improvements are expected to be in place by May 17, 2013, said Clay Phillips, superintendent of the San Diego Coast District of California State Parks.

silverstrand_sb_47"Long-time campers have been thrilled to learn that utilities will be provided at the campground," said Phillips. "They will not have to rely on noisy generators for their electricity and the quiet will greatly add to the ambiance of a campground unmatched for its beach level beauty."

The campground will feature 124 campsites that will be slightly larger than the existing sites.

Since Park policy requires generators to be shut down by 9 p.m. each night, these hookups will allow campers to enjoy electrical service all day and night, he added.

All site fees will be increased by $15 to defray the cost of the hookups. Premium beachfront sites will increase to $65 per night and all other sites will increase to $50 per night. The additional $15 fee for each site will be offset for campers by savings on the costs associated with fuel for generator operation and fees charged at offsite dump stations, Phillips said.

silverstrandmapThough the campground is laid out atop a converted day-use parking lot (requiring all campers to use only self-contained RVs), its location is unmatched by other coastal campgrounds in southern California. It is at beach level, immediately next to the sand.

Silver Strand State Beach features extensive beaches on both the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay.

Combined with the area's mild climate, the beaches make Silver Strand one of the area's finest recreation destinations. Camping, swimming, surfing, boating, water-skiing, volleyball, and picnicking are popular activities. Anglers can fish for perch, corbina, grunion and yellow-fin croaker.

Park facilities include four large parking lots, which can accommodate up to 1,000 vehicles. Restroom and cold showers are available on each side of the park. Beach restrooms are for day-use visitors. Per Coastal Commission regulations, campers must be in fully self-contained vehicles. Fire rings for cookouts are available on the beach during summer.

It is always a good idea to call ahead regarding operating hours, fees, and conditions, which can change.

Now that the park will be providing hookups, California State Parks is hoping to attract more people, particularly "snow-birders," to the coast during the cooler off-season, Phillips said.

silverstrand_sb_50Silver Strand State Beach is known for many things: An almost endless beach where one can find moon snail shells, cockle shells and even the occasional sand dollar. The beautiful bay side campground features unparalleled views of the San Diego skyline with warm water perfect for kayaking, sailing and stand-up paddleboarding.

The renovation was made possible through new enterprise fund legislation, he said.

The beach is located 4.5 miles south of the city of Coronado on Highway 75. The park is located on the sand-spit that forms the outer edge of San Diego Bay between Coronado and Imperial Beach. The park has 2.5 miles of ocean beach and a half mile on the bay. The entrance to the park is from Highway 75, which serves as a divider between the ocean side of the park and the bay side.

To make reservations contact Reserve America at (800) 444-PARK (7275) TDD: (800) 274-7275 or go online to
www.reserveamerica.com .When calling, be prepared to provide: preferred campsite row, license plate numbers, RV size, camping dates, a telephone number, and an email address.

The park's Web site can be found at
www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=654 .

 
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