Grizzly Creek State Park, located on Hwy. 36 approximately 20 miles east of Hwy. 101 in northern California, is slated for closure in 2012. California’s state budget is in dire straits and the powers that be have decided that closing 70 of California’s State Parks will help the floundering budget get back on its feet. Should this park be closed? This Examiner has spent countless hours at Grizzly Creek State Park, first as a child, then as a young mother, and now as a first-time grandmother and it is her opinion that this, and all state parks should remain open.
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Info on Grizzly Creek State Park
Grizzly Creek State Park was established in 1921 by Owen R. Cheatham, then the owner of Georgia-Pacific Corporation, a logging company. The Van Duzen River flows through the park and is met by Grizzly Creek near the 30-site campground. Single family camping and group camping are available, as are over 4 miles of hiking trails, an environmental camp, swimming, fishing, and kayaking opportunities. A visitor center is also on site that contains exhibits on the history and flora and fauna of the area. The visitor center also includes a bookstore/souvenir shop. This is an especially child-friendly state park. The beach is sandy in many spots and the water shallow in areas and the visitor center is ideal for educating youngsters about nature.
Visit Grizzly Creek State Park
Even when filled to capacity, this park offers visitors the sense of solitude. One can hear Steller’s Jays chattering in the trees, witness tadpoles swimming near the shore of the river, and can smell the scents of trees and flowers unique to the redwood forest. It would be devastating for Californians and visitors from other states and countries to be denied the ability to visit this paradise.
Contact your state legislator and tell them to keep California’s State Parks open!
Even if unable to visit this particular state park, get outside and experience as many of California’s State Parks as possible. Click the link above to contact your state representative about the park closures. The Examiner has also included a list of children’s books that are ideal for learning more about the namesake of this park, the grizzly bear.
Face to Face with Grizzlies by Joel Sartore (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2009)
Grizzly Bears by Gail Gibbons (Holiday House, 2003)
Grizzly Riddles by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg (Puffin, 1996)
Wake up, Grizzly! by W. Bittner and Rosemffet (North-South/Night Sky Books, 1999)
Big Jinny: THe Story of a Grizzly Bear by Frank B. Linderman and Sarah Waller Hatfield (Bison Books, 2005)
Never Stare at a Grizzly Bear by Nick Toczek (Pan Children, 2000)
Growing up Grizzly: The True Story of Baylee and Her Cubs by Amy Shapira and Douglas H. Chadwick (Falcon, 2007)
Silvertip: A Year in the Life of a Yellowstone Grizzly by Ted Rechlin (Riverbend Publishing, 2011)
Grizzly Dad by Joanna Harrison (David Fickling Books, 2009)
Old Mother Bear by Victoria Miles and Molly Bang (Chronicle Books, 2007)
These books and many more about grizzly bears can be found at local libraries and independent bookstores around the country.