Camping fans that like to enjoy our local natural beauty can soon return to the Islay Creek Campground at Montaña de Oro, which was scheduled to reopen, post deadline on July 1.

The campground was closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic.
Los Osos reader Petra Clayton was in the area recently and took this photo of State Parks maintenance staff vigorously weed whacking and mowing to prepare the area for campers.

Although camping was not permitted during the closure, nature enthusiast had plenty of reasons to frequent the site.
“During the 15 months of closure SLO County birders and out-of-county visitors alike, enjoyed roaming the campground loops in search of avian activity,” Clayton said. “They delighted in spotting rarities, such as red-eyed vireo, Baltimore oriole, plumbeous vireo, black-throated sparrow and streak-backed Oriole. During the closure wild turkeys and white-tailed deer were frequently seen quietly foraging and resting in the campground.”
For more information about camping or to make a reservation, call 805-772-6101.