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After being closed for two years due to state budget cuts, the Ryan’s Cove campground in California’s Humboldt Lagoons State Park reopened today after local groups raised the funds to restore the serene waterside site, the Pasadena Star-News reported.

Sitting on the edge of Stone Lagoon about six miles south of Orick, the primitive campground is only a small sliver of the nearly 1.5 million-acre California State Park system. But Kayak Zak’s rental company owner Marna Powell, who spearheaded the fundraising effort, said its natural beauty makes it a special destination for many people — including herself.

“I truly love this place,” Powell said. “Magic happens when you’re on the water that isn’t something I can put into words.”

The site has six campsites, each equipped with a fire ring, picnic table, bear-resistant box and outdoor latrine, and is home to an array of plants and wildlife including snowy plovers, double-crested cormorant, Sitka spruce trees and Roosevelt elk. Powell said it is only accessible by hiking several miles, and is the only campsite that can also be accessed by boat — or what Powell called a “water trail.”

In spring 2012, visitors at the campground were met with a laminated sign that stated the campground was closed “until further notice” due to state budget cuts. A year earlier, the state Department of Parks and Recreation took a large funding cut when Gov. Jerry Brown reduced its General Fund allocation by $11 million and called for another $11 million to be cut for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, according to the 2013 Little Hoover Commission report on state parks.

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