Weddings & Special Events

Special Events:

The park is open year-round but some areas of our park do seasonally close and remain closed until Spring, such as the Williams Grove. We also do not have specific sites dedicated to any particular event, you let us know where you would like to go and we provide restrictions based on that location. The most popular wedding location is Williams Grove located in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.The following areas of the park do NOT allow special events or weddings: Founders Grove and Rockefeller Forest. Please be aware that any weddings requests near Drury Chaney Trail will require a park monitor. Other areas of the parks may also require a monitor who will be with your event for the duration. We recommend all special event organizers and applicants choose a primary location to request and several alternates. Reservations are taken up to 6 months in advance, reservation requests over 6 months from event date are not accepted.

**Due to storm damage; The California Federation of Womens Clubs Grove no longer is available for any special events. The bluff continues to erode and continues to take portions of the parking area yearly.

Weddings:

Many couples select Humboldt Redwoods State Park each year for their wedding ceremony or reception location. The park has a variety of beautiful settings that can provide the perfect place for that special day. Facilities, fees and the number of guests that can be accommodated vary based on the location in the park. Due to COVID-19, we do not know whether Williams Grove group areas will be open in 2021 due to ever changing COVID-19 public health regulations, but we expect we’ll have a better idea at the end of December 2020 regarding Spring and Summer 2021. Humboldt County changed their group limits in October 2020 and State Parks has adjusted accordingly. If limitations are again implemented, then those restrictions would apply for any weddings or special events occurring thereafter. For those within the 6-month reservation window we can begin the process and hold dates with the understanding that due to the dynamic nature of Public Health orders and State Government directions we are unable to confirm event/area reservation requests until closer to actual event dates.
 
If you are working with a wedding planner please provide the name and contact information in your permit application. Again, please realize that events may be canceled at any time by State or Local Public Health Orders.

A non-refundable permit application fee of $150 plus an additional use fee, dependent on location is required for all weddings/special events. All fees are non-refundable, non-transferrable.There are fees for all areas and fees vary based on area. Most day use areas are not exclusive (except Williams Grove which is exclusively permitee's area) and remain open to the public during your special event.

Answers to common questions:

  1. Reservations for special events are taken up to six (6) months in advance. Special event permit applications received before that will not be reviewed.
  2. No signs or decorations may be attached to any State Park facility, sign, tree, or landmark.
  3. No electricity is available. The Park generator hours are, per T-14 CCR 4320, are 10:00 am to 8:00 PM.
  4. No fire restrictions if you are using Department approved facilities (Fire pits, BBQ pits, Fire rings).
  5. The restrictions for decorations are to keep your decorations to your reserved area and no decorations maybe attached to park signs or native plants. A better sign to use is a chalkboard easel.
  6. No damage deposit is required. Permit fees only, however there may be other requirements based on the size of your group and/or location.
  7. The park is open year-round but some areas of our park do seasonally close and remain closed until Spring, such as Williams Grove. During the closed season, no special events are permitted.
  8. No Arbors, chairs, or other structures may be set-up in any forest groves.
  9. All use must be off of all vegetation, including but not limited to: redwood logs, sorrel, and ferns.
  10. Dogs are not allowed on State Park trails or within any groves.
    • For the enjoyment of all our park visitors, please be aware of the following rules and laws if you will be visiting the park with your dog:
      • Dogs must be attended to at all times
      • Dogs are not allowed on any of the parks designated trails; near the river or creeks; in the open forest and meadows
      • Dogs must be on a six foot, or shorter, leash at all times and physically under your control
      • Dogs cannot be left in cars nor can a dog be leashed to your vehicle and left outside
      • Dogs may not be left unattended at any time
      • If your dog makes a mess in the park, please clean it up and dispose of the waste in one of our trash cans
      • If your dog is noisy, aggressive or causing problems, you may be asked to remove your dog from the park
      • Dogs are not allowed for comfort, emotional support, crime deterrence, therapy, well-being, or companionship.
      • More information can be found at: https://www.parks.ca.gov/Dogs
  11. We also do not have specific sites dedicated to any particular event, you let us know where you would like to go and we provide restrictions based on that location.

Additional COVID-19 conditions:

  1. Permitee and guests must abide by social distancing requirements. Attendees will maintain six feet distance from other guests.
  2. Permitee and guests shall wear a facial covering while attending the event. Exceptions will include a guest has a medical condition prohibiting a facial covering, and a pronouncement of marriage.

Download the Wedding Permit Packet (PDF)

For more information and to confirm a specific date for special event space availability, please call (707) 946-1801.

Please submit your signed and complete application with non-refundable $150 fee by mail to State Parks, Attn: HRSP Special Events P.O. Box 100, Weott, CA 95571. You can make the check payable to “Department of Parks and Recreation.”

To reserve day use areas for family picnics or get-togethers etc.:

Download the Williams Grove Day Use Group Reservation Form (PDF)

Please call (707) 946-1801 for Special Event Permits - Weddings or contact Park staff for more information.

To host a special event such as a marathon, horse riding event, or other:
Please complete the Humboldt Redwoods State Park Special Event application.

To request the spreading of human cremains within the park:
Ashes spreading in State Parks

Return all completed forms by mail : HRSP, Attn: Special Events, PO Box 100, Weott, CA 95571

Looking for wedding information at another park or location:
Redwood National Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Redwoods State Park, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.
or
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park