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Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Carbon Canyon Park
Carbon canyon regional park lake.jpg
The lake that is found in the center of the park.
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Location Brea, California, United States
Area 124 acres
Owned by County of Orange, California
Open Fall – Winter: 7AM – 6PM
Spring — Summer: 7AM – 9PM
Terrain Hilly
Water 1 lake
Carbon Canyon Regional Park front sign during summer
The main sign of the park during the summer
Carbon Canyon Regional Park horse trail
The horse trail that leads into the park

Carbon Canyon Regional Park (or simply Carbon Canyon Park) is a regional park in Brea, California that was created after the Carbon Canyon Creek was dammed. It links up with Chino Hills State Park on the east side. The park also is home to a small forest of Redwood trees, which have been struggling to survive since the start of the 2010 California drought.


The land that the park currently sits on used to be the town of Olinda just before the 1880s. It wasn't until a dam on Carbon Canyon Creek was built to prevent flooding that the area became a park.


Carbon Canyon Regional Park has the following facilities:

Redwood forest

A small, three-acre forest of Coastal Sequoia redwood trees reside within the park's boundaries and is host to various species of birds, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks and fauna. The forest was threatened in 2008 by the Triangle Fire and by the California drought from 2010 to 2016.

The staff at Carbon Canyon Park have met with specialists from UC Irvine and Disneyland in order to put a new system in place that will sustain the forest through the current drought. Despite these efforts, one tree was cut down in 2015 due to it being sick and near death.


The park is used by people who want to have picnics or to celebrate holidays. The hiking trail to the Redwood forest also attracts hikers. It is also a frequent training and competitive area for various cross country teams.

Fire fighting

Fire helicopter extracting water from Carbon Canyon Park lake
An OCFA helicopter extracting water from the lake in the park.

The lake in the park is often used to fill fire fighting helicopters when responding to fires in the area.

The most notable use like this was during the Triangle Fire in 2008. The fire was threatening the eastern side of the city of Brea; including the Hollydale, Olinda Village, and Olinda Ranch communities, alongside Carbon Canyon Regional Park.


The lake in the center of the park was rebuilt in 2014 due to reduced water quality and capacity, which resulted in OC Parks not being able to stock the lake with fish.

Demolition of the existing lake began on July 14, 2014. The lake had to be drained completely in order for heavy equipment to be used to remove approximately 9,500 cubic yards of silt. The silt had accumulated under the lake over the course of 17 years from runoff and wildfires. Removal of the silt was started in August 2014.

Removal was completed in October 2014 and the process of refilling the lake started. Fish were stocked approximately a month after the refilling was completed.

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