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Description - The Central Valley Region, located in the middle of California, stretches from south of Bakersfield, north to almost Chico. It features rivers, lakes and reservoirs for water recreation and camping opportunities, as well as historic sites and the Tule Elk State Reserve.

Attractions - This area is the center of the state's agriculture. It also features rivers, lakes and reservoirs for water recreation and camping opportunities. The region is also home of the fascinating Tule elk which are protected at the Tule Elk State Reserve. Historic sites include the only town to be founded, financed and governed by African Americans; a U.S. Army fort from the 1850s; and the last of the early California small town opera houses.

Recreation - Popular activities at the state park sites in this region include: swimming, boating, water skiing, fishing, windsurfing, hiking, biking, picnicking, camping, viewing wildlife and touring the cultural and historic sites.

Climate - A generally warm, dry climate prevails in the Central Valley, it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. In the Central Valley precipitation falls mainly from October through April. Winter temperatures well below freezing producing frost, however, snow is very rare. Summer temperatures above 100 degrees are part of the normal pattern.

Location - The Central Valley Region, located in the middle of California, stretches from south of Bakersfield, north to almost Chico. It includes the cities of Bakersfield, Fresno Merced and Stockton. The main highway accessing this region is 5.


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California Department of Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 942896 , Sacramento, CA, 94296-0001, Phone: 916-653-6995

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California State Parks, Beaches and Historic Parks - California has 265 state parks which cover 1.3 million diverse acres. The huge variety of state parks offers tremendous outdoor recreation opportunities.
Central Valley Region - California's breadbasket, the great Central Valley, stretches for 450 miles down the center of the state, from Willows to Bakersfield. This region includes culturally diverse communities, historic sites, exceptional outdoor recreation, abundant wildlife and the California Delta.

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