Special Use Permits

Some uses of WCA properties require a Special Use Permit Application. If you would like to use any WCA properties for any of the purposes listed below, please reference and fill out the linked application and return them to the WCA office.

Some uses that require a Special Use Permit include:

  • Access to publicly closed areas or properties
  • Commercial filming activities
  • Commercial still picture activities
  • Events with 20 or more people expected
  • Live music entertainment
  • Weddings, quinceaneras, or other ceremonies
  • Fee collection (donations, admissions, concession, or merchandise sales)
  • Vehicular traffic interference and/or closing of interior roads and/or adjacent public streets
  • Use of amenities other than their specified recreational use
  • Any aviation ascent or descent into a WCA property


Click on the following titles to download the documents (pdf files):

  • WCA Special Use Permit Application Form (1 page)* 

    *The Permit Application Form must be saved to your computer and opened with a PDF viewer to digitally complete the form and use the 'Submit by E-Mail' and 'Print' buttons.


If you are not sure if a Special Use Permit is required for a use that you are considering, or if you have other questions relating to Special Use Permits, contact the WCA or call us at (626) 815-1019. Please be prepared with a description of the property and specific locations for use, so that we can direct you to the appropriate property manager. 

Any person using WCA property for a use that includes any of the above mentioned criteria must have the original signed Special Use Permit in their possession and shall display such permit at the request of any employee of the WCA or of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), or any peace officer. No person shall violate any term, condition, or limitation of any such permit.



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Park Policies

Ranger services for properties owned and managed by the Watershed Conservation Authority (WCA) are provided by the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA). As such, rules and regulations for WCA properties, and the prescribed punishment for violation thereof, are established in the MRCA Park Ordinance (26 page pdf file).

If you have received a citation from an MRCA Ranger on WCA property and have specific questions or comments, please contact the MRCA directly at their toll-free citation information line, (877) 847-2338, Monday-Friday between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm or visit their Frequently Asked Questions page.


For emergency ranger services, or to report unapproved activities, please call 24-hour dispatch at: 562-698-1446.

For information regarding the Watershed Conservation Authority’s policies concerning special uses of WCA properties click here or contact WCA’s office directly at 626-815-1019. For information about filming and photography activities on our properties click here.

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RFP: Crystal Lake Recreation Area and San Gabriel Canyon Master Plan


RFI - 3: Roxana, I am following-up on my telephone message with this email. Can the submittal deadline be extended? Based on the responses below, I need to revise portions of the work schedule and scope sections I have already completed. Our consultant also needs more time to finalize scope and fee on some of the components of the technical reports. Please let me know if we can extend the deadline at your earliest convenience.




RFI - 3 Response: I just received confirmation from the USFS for extending the proposal due date until Friday, September 15th. I will call you when I get a chance.



RFI - 2: I enjoyed learning more about the project at Crystal Lake and San Gabriel Canyon last week and I am glad to see the proposal deadline has been extended. As a follow-up to our telephone conversation, I understand that the project is in partnership with the US Forest Service as outlined in the Request for Proposal document. Can you provide any additional information about project funding, or project budget?


RFI - 2 Response: Currently coordinating with the USFS to provide additional information about project funding and/or project budget.


RFI - 1: Roxana, in the request for proposal under the mandatory contents section, it does not mention fee. However, is noted in the evaluation criteria section, “Fees & budget associated with scope of work.” We assume our proposal is to include a fee. Is this correct? Can you please confirm that the proposals are to be delivered to you at WCA 100 North Old San Gabriel Canyon Road, Azusa, CA 91702? Thank you.


RFI - 1 Response: The following clarifications (italicized in red) have been added to the RFP for the Redevelopment & Enhancement Planning for Crystal Lake Recreation Area and Recreation Master Planning for San Gabriel Canyon.


  • Section 2.3: Proposers must submit six complete copies (five bound and one unbound) and one digital copy of the proposal on a compact disk (CD) to:

Watershed Conservation Authority
100 N. Old San Gabriel Canyon Road
Azusa, CA 91702
Attention: Roxana Marashi


  • Section 3.6: Anticipating award of contract no later than January 22, 2018following the public meeting of the WCA Governing Board (tentatively scheduled for November 16, 2017). Work plans should target completion of requested services by November 30, 2018.


  • Section 6: The completion of services is requested by November 30, 2018.


  • Section 10.6: Mandatory Contents: Scope of Work associated with fees and budget.


  • Section 11.6.2: Note that the proposal should indicate a contract start date not sooner than January 22, 2018. As a joint powers authority, the WCA will award a contract after board approval is received. The next two board meetings are tentatively scheduled for November 16th, 2017, and January 18, 2018.


  • Section 11.7: Section 7 "Acceptance of Terms and Conditions" shall include a statement affirming the Proposer's acceptance of the terms and conditions contained in this RFP and the attached sample Consultant Services Agreement. Proposer shall also include a statement confirming their proposal remains valid for at least 120 days after the submittal deadline, referred to in section 2.2 of this RFP, and be converted into a contract.


The WCA is requesting that all proposals include a detailed scope of work for all services requested in accordance with the project components, goals and objectives of the United States Forest Service (USFS). The detailed scope of work must include costs associated with each task as well as staff time fees in order to provide an overall budget for the services and deliverables requested by the RFP.

A change and extension has been made as of August 24, 2017. Under Section 3.2 Project Components, Elaborating on Component 4, the following clarification has been made: CLRA does not require a traffic count study, only analysis on vehicle volume at parking lots, picnic areas, and campgrounds during the weekends to identify maximum public use and occupancy of the site during the busy summer and winter “snow play” months.

The Watershed Conservation Authority (WCA) is requesting proposals from qualified organizations and individuals to provide consulting services that will substantially support the production of a development plan for Crystal Lake Recreation Area (CLRA) and a conceptual recreation master plan for the San Gabriel Canyon portion of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument as described in detail within Section 5 of this Request for Proposals (RFP). Consulting professionals and technical service providers may include, but shall not be limited to licensed landscape architects, civil engineers, biologists, hydrologists, natural resources planning professionals, environmental scientist, and transportation planners. Final deliverables shall meet the project purpose and objectives identified in the RFP linked below.

Submittals must be received by WCA before 3:00pm, September 15, 2017.

A beneficial site visit will occur on August 23, 2017 at 11:00 am. Please see the RFP Section 2 for more details.

Responses to this Request for Proposals (RFP) shall be made according to the specifications and instructions contained within the solicitation, both in terms of content and sequence. Questions regarding this RFP are welcome and shall be made in writing to rmarashi@wca.ca.gov.


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