County Waives Park Fees for Military in Honor of Veterans Day
Veterans receive free boat launching, parking from Nov. 9 to Nov. 15 at Solano County parks
October 10, 2013
Active-duty military, reservists, veterans and military retirees and their families can enjoy a free week of boat launching and parking at Solano County parks on the week of Veterans Day.
The fee waiver will be good from Saturday, Nov. 9 through Friday, Nov. 15 at Lake Solano County Park west of Winters, Sandy Beach County Park near Rio Vista, Lynch Canyon Open Space Park near Vallejo, and Belden’s Landing boat launch near Suisun City.
“Our veterans have provided extraordinary services to our country and to all of us. We encourage all of our veterans to take advantage of these discounts and enjoy our beautiful county parks,” said Supervisor Linda Seifert, Chair of the Board of Supervisors. ”We’re especially delighted to welcome military families new to Solano County for a first outdoor experience in our great County parks, whether that’s hiking, picnicking, boating or fishing.”
This is the fourth year the County has waived fees for Veterans Day to honor active-duty military, reservists, veterans and their families, including the usual $5 daily parking fee and $10 boat launch fee. Camping, group picnic pad, and other fees still apply.
The fee waiver is offered to all who present a valid military identification card, a Solano County Veteran Discount Card, honorable discharge record (DD-214 or World War II service record) or Veterans Affairs identification card at Lake Solano, Belden’s Landing, Lynch Canyon Open Space, and Sandy Beach County Parks. Both County residents and non-residents are eligible.
“Solano County Parks is proud to recognize the service, sacrifice and community contributions of our military personnel and families,” said Dan Sykes, Solano County Parks Manager.
For picnics and fishing, Sandy Beach Park offers access to the Sacramento River, Lake Solano Park is on Putah Creek, and Belden’s Landing provides access to the sloughs of Suisun Marsh. Lake Solano Park also offers gentle currents for paddle craft and shady shoreline trails. Picnic areas are first-come, first-served and open at 8 a.m. Closing times are 6 p.m. at Sandy Beach Park and 4 p.m. at Lake Solano Park. Lynch Canyon is open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorized boat launches at Sandy Beach Park and Belden’s Landing are open 24 hours per day.
For directions and park information go to www.solanocounty.com/parks, or call the Solano County Parks administrative office at (707) 784-6765.
Veteran Discount ID cards are issued at the Veteran Services Office on the fourth floor of the County Administration Center, 675 Texas St. in Fairfield. To get a Veteran Discount ID card, honorably discharged veterans should present a copy of their DD-214.
Lake Solano Park
Lake Solano Park, located at the base of coastal foothills west of the town of Winters, is considered one of the best flying fishing spots in the Sacramento Valley. This destination point for outdoor enthusiasts caters to anglers, boaters, campers and picnickers. It is also ideal for hiking, bird watching and wildlife photography.
The Park features a campground with 58 RV and tent campsites, of which 36 have water and electric hookups, and interpretive trail and exhibits. There are restrooms complete with flush toilets, sinks and hot showers. The day use area has picnic sites, reservable group picnic pads, a free boat launch for non-powered vessels, parking and restrooms. The picnic area is located directly east of the campground.
To contact Lake Solano Park, call 530-795-2990.
Sandy Beach Park
Sandy Beach Park overlooks the Sacramento River just south of Rio Vista and is a great launching point into the more than 1,000 miles of Delta waterways. Open year-round, Sandy Beach offers a 24-hour boat launch, 42 RV and tent campsites fully equipped with electric and water hook-ups and picnic grounds with barbecue grills. Picnic tables are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Other recreational activities enjoyed at the park are jet-skiing, pleasure boating, wind surfing, sailing, horseshoes, volleyball and sunbathing on the sandy beach. Swimming is not allowed at Sandy Beach due to strong currents and sudden drop offs. No lifeguard is on duty at the park.
The campground includes picnic tables, campfire rings, hot showers, flush toilets and a RV dump station. Dogs on leash are welcome in the campground only. Dogs are not allowed in the day use area (picnic area and beach).
To contact Sandy Beach Park, call 707-374-2097.
Belden’s Landing, located on Montezuma Slough in the Suisun Marsh, offers convenient, lighted parking with trailer pull-throughs, concrete boat launch, fishing pier, restrooms and picnic tables. Launching your boat at Belden’s Landing connects you with the incredible scenery and wildlife of the area and a history spanning from the Suisunes Indians to ranchers and farmers of the last century. Belden’s landing is located where the old ferry crossing carried hunters and fishermen to Grizzly Island.
The boat launch and courtesy dock are open 24 hours a day.
For more information, contact the park staff at Sandy Beach Park at 707-374-2097.
Lynch Canyon Open Space Park
Lynch Canyon Open Space Park is a hilly, natural landscape with 10 miles of trails for hiking, bird watching, trail running, horseback riding and mountain biking. The 900-foot ridges offer panoramic views extending from the Coast Ranges to San Francisco Bay and across the Delta to the Sierra Nevada.
The park includes a segment of the San Francisco Bay Area Ridge Trail, with gorgeous views from its ridgetops across large swaths of the Suisun Marsh, Carquinez Strait and San Pablo Bay. Grasslands, oak groves, riparian woodlands, and wetland meadows provide shelter and forage for deer, fox, bobcat, waterfowl, and many raptors.
The park hosts an annual trail run and kite festival, as well as a variety of free guided hikes and rides throughout the year. The park has a restroom and parking lot, including room for equestrian rigs. Sorry, the park has no drinking water -- please come prepared with your own.
The park is operated in partnership with the Solano Land Trust. For more information, the Solano Land Trust at (707) 685-5908.