Friday, December 8, 2023


California State Parks adds new automated dump stations

California State Parks is expanding its recreational vehicle (RV) dump station pilot project this month by installing new automated RV dump station collection systems at 11 additional park units.

The existing project started in 2018 with 10 parks to test the viability of a fee-based model, the public’s response to the systems and the value to park operations as an added visitor amenity. Benefits of the program have included greater cost recovery for expenses associated with pumping and treating RV waste, as well as discouraging inappropriate use of the dump stations.

The new collection systems are anticipated to be installed by next month. Park visitors with current reservations arriving on or after April 13, 2021, who are interested in using the automated RV dump stations may be required to pay a $10-$20 fee to use the dump station, depending on the location.

Here are the parks:


California State Parks

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Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.



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Merrily (@guest_124332)
2 years ago

$35/night should include the dump since that price doesn’t include water or electric!!!

Pat hs (@guest_123930)
2 years ago

Auto dump sites I believe they all should be paid for by state,federal tax. Nothing I hate to see is people dumping on highways, deserts, off road areas. Dumping should be free for anyone wanting to dump their waste. Universally paid. All rest stops, should provide them.otherwise you will find these mess all over roads lots, and who knows where.

Keith Messinger (@guest_123706)
2 years ago

I think some people will just dump there and let it stay on the surface.

Bob Amoroso (@guest_123577)
2 years ago

OK so what else can the State charge you for? Next will be water? Then Electricity (if they have it), Then a trash fee? I gave up on (California) State Parks long ago. For the money they want the do not provide the service they used too. No Ranger programs, Hardly any Ranger Walk and Talks. Not very clean anymore. Nope not going there anymore.

Sink Jaxon (@guest_123567)
2 years ago

Hmmm… another reason not to visit CA, there’s just so many! 

sdw (@guest_123178)
2 years ago

I don’t have to worry about that. You wouldn’t catch me going into a state full of drug addicts, and homeless people just waiting to mug and rob you.

Boltman (@guest_122988)
2 years ago

Well, well, well another way for ******fornia to fleece the masses. By the way when is ******fornia going to reopen all the rest stops that are closed for whatever reason they were closed? While traveling through the once great golden state the wife and I looked forward to a short respite in several rest areas only to find them closed, and having to travel on tho tired and hungry to the next available turn out or truck stop.
I just wonder how many other people suffered these same occurrences?
This is why we have changed our home state to South Dakota and are in the process of registering our vehicles in a more user friendly state!
Happy RVing and see you down the road!
(I’ve warned you about this before, Boltman. I would say if you hate the state so much, why don’t you move? But you apparently already did. –Diane at

Last edited 2 years ago by RV Staff
Donald Schneider (@guest_122959)
2 years ago

Let’s hope this idea does not spread to a lot of private parks!

Tommy Molnar (@guest_122919)
2 years ago

So you would pay an additional fee to use the dump above the fee to use the park? Looking at the picture, there doesn’t seem to be much room for even smallish RV’s without sticking out into that road. And that ‘hump’ could be problematic to some low-slung RV’s.

Firefly (@guest_122938)
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

uhhh, “that hump thing” is the curb around the sewer inlet. Nice to have when a newb shows up and doesn’t put some weight on the hose when dumping. The many I’ve seen don’t extend across the drive. Your RV might stick out into the road if you have your waste valves in the middle of your RV and only carry a five-foot waste hose. Otherwise, pull up far enough to be out of the road.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_123117)
2 years ago
Reply to  Firefly

All that is true, but it still looks like some poor planning. Trying to fit 40′ of operation into 20′ of spare space.

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