Triplicate Staff

More options for backcountry camping in Redwood National and State Parks will be available this year, as the park agency announced Thursday the reopening of camping in Lower Redwood Creek.

Dispersed camping on the gravel bars between MacArthur Creek and Tall Trees Grove will now be permitted after being closed to camping since 2010 in an effort to decrease predation of the eggs of marbled murrelets, a species listed as federally threatened under the Endangered Species Act, according to a parks press release.

Backcountry camping permits are required for overnight use on Redwood Creek and may be obtained at the Kuchel Visitor Center in Orick, or the Crescent City Information Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

Campers are advised to check with park staff on water levels and alternate access routes prior to their trip. Seasonal bridges crossing Redwood Creek are usually installed around the Memorial Day weekend, depending on weather and creek conditions.

For more information on backcountry camping and all other park activities, call the RNSP information office at 707-465-7335.