Bay Area Reservoirs and Recreational Areas

by on July 01, 2003

 

 

 

There are quite a few reservoirs and artificial lakes in and around the Bay Area that are open to the public for a variety of recreational acitivities. Following is a listing of many of these which, while not necessarily comprehensive, gives you a range of places to get wet this summer and beyond.

East Bay Reservoirs


San Pablo Recreation Area

East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD)

www.ebmud.com

Mid-Feb to Mid-Nov, 6am-9pm

Fishing, biking, playground, picnics, hiking, row & motor boats

Entry fee $6, fishing fee $3

Between Orinda and El Sobrante

 

Lafayette Recreation Area

EBMUD

www.ebmud.com

All year, 6am-9pm

Boating, hiking, trails, playground, fishing, picnics

Entry fee $6, fishing fee $3, rents row & pedal boats

Off of Highway 24, near Lafayette BART

 

Los Vaqueros Reservoir

Contra Costa Water District (CCWD)

www.ccwater.com

(925) 371-2628

All year, 6am-8pm

Fishing, biking, hiking, 55 miles of trail, picnics

Entry fee $6, fishing fee $3

South of Brentwood

 

Contra Loma

East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD)

www.ebparks.org

(510) 562-PARK

5am-10pm

Swimming, sandy beach, picnics, fishing

Entry fee $4, dog fee $1

Antioch

 

Del Valle Reservoir

EBRPD

www.ebparks.org

(510) 562-PARK

8am-10pm

Camping (150 sites), swimming, fishing, lake tours

Entry fee $6, dog fee $1. Rents row/paddle/motor boats and canoes

Livermore

 

Lake Anza

EBRPD

www.ebparks.org

(510) 562-PARK

Call for hours

Swimming, fishing, sandy beach

Fee for swim area, call for info

Tilden

 

Lake Temescal

EBRPD

www.ebparks.org

(510) 562-PARK

4am-10pm

Swimming, fishing

Entry fee $4, dog fee $1

Oakland

 

Lake Chabot

EBRPD

www.ebparks.org

(510) 562-PARK

Call for hours

Fishing, swimming, boating, seasonal lake tours

Entry fee $4, dog fee $1. Rents canoes and boats

Castro Valley

 

Cull Canyon Reservoir

EBRPD

www.ebparks.org

(510) 562-PARK

Call for info

Swimming, sandy beach, picnics, fishing, hiking, horseback riding

No fees

Castro Valley

 

San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area

State of California

www.parks.ca.gov

(209) 826-1197

All year, sunrise to 10pm

Camping, boating, fishing, picnics, hiking, swimming, horseback trails

Camping fees, call for info

San Joaquin Valley, near Gilroy

 

Bethany Reservoir State Recreation Area

State of California

www.parks.ca.gov

(209) 874-2056

Call for hours

Bike trails, fishing, picnics, windsurfing, windmills

Call for info

Northeast of Livermore


Santa Clara County Reservoirs (no swimming in any)

 

Almaden Reservoir

Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD)

www.valleywater.org

Santa Clara County Parks

www.parkhere.org

(408) 355-2215

All year, 8am to sunset

Fishing

No fees

San Jose. 1,553 acre-ft. of water

 

Anderson Reservoir/ Anderson Lake County Park

SCVWD

www.valleywater.org

Santa Clara County Parks

www.parkhere.org

(408) 779-3634

*Currently closed. Normally: All year, 8am to sunset

Boating, fishing, hiking, paved trails

Entry, lake use, group picnic, and boat launch fees, call for info

Morgan Hill. Largest manmade lake in Santa Clara county, 89,073 acre-ft.

 

Calero Reservoir County Park

SCVWD

www.valleywater.org

Santa Clara County Parks

www.parkhere.org

(408) 268-3883

All year, 8am to sunset

Backcountry trails, fishing, powerboats, jet skiing

Vehicle entry and boat launch fees, call for info. Horse rentals: (408) 268-2567

San Jose. 10,050 acre-ft.

 

Chesbro Reservoir / County Park

SCVWD

www.valleywater.org

Santa Clara County Parks

www.parkhere.org

(408) 779-9232

All year, 8am to sunset

Fishing, non-powered boats, picnics

Lake use fee, call for info

Morgan Hill. 8,952 acre-ft.

 

Coyote Reservoir / Coyote Lake County Park

SCVWD

www.valleywater.org

Santa Clara County Parks

www.parkhere.org

(408) 842-7800

All year, 8am to sunset

Camping (64 sites), boating, fishing, picnics, hiking trails

Entry, camping and boating fees, call for info

Gilroy. 22,925 acre-ft.

 

Lexington Reservoir/County Park

SCVWD

www.valleywater.org

Santa Clara County Parks

www.parkhere.org

(408) 356-2729

All year, 8am to sunset

Surf area, electric powered & rowboats, picnics

Lake use fee, call for info

Los Gatos. 19,834 acre-ft.

 

Stevens Creek Reservoir/County Park

SCVWD

www.valleywater.org

Santa Clara County Parks

www.parkhere.org

(408) 867-3654

All year, 8am to sunset

Archery, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, picnics, fishing

Lake use and group picnic fees, call for info

Cupertino. 3,465 acre-ft of water

 

Uvas Reservoir/County Park

SCVWD

www.valleywater.org

Santa Clara County Parks

www.parkhere.org

(408) 779 9232

All year, 8am to sunset

Camping (25 sites), hiking, waterfalls, picnics, fishing, non-power boating

Lake use fee, call for info

West of Morgan Hill. 1,935 acre-ft

 

Vasona Reservoir/Vasona Lake County Park

SCVWD

www.valleywater.org

Santa Clara County Parks

www.parkhere.org

(408) 356-2729

All year, 8am to sunset

Fishing, non-power boating, picnics,

Entry fee, lake use and group picnic fees, row and paddle boat rentals, call for info

Los Gatos. 400 acre-ft


Marin County Reservoirs

 

Lagunitas Reservoir

Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD)

www.marinwater.org

(415) 945-1455

Sunrise to sunset

Fishing, hiking, dog walking, horseback riding, picnics

Call for info

On Mt. Tamalpais

 

Alpine Reservoir

MMWD

www.marinwater.org

(415) 945-1455

Sunrise to sunset

Fishing, hiking, dog walking, horseback riding, picnics

Call for info

On Mt. Tamalpais

 

Bon-Tempe Reservoir

MMWD

www.marinwater.org

(415) 945-1455

Sunrise to sunset

Fishing, hiking, dog walking, horseback riding, picnics

Call for info

On Mt. Tamalpais

 

Kent Reservoir

MMWD

www.marinwater.org

(415) 945-1455

Sunrise to sunset

Fishing, hiking, dog walking, horseback riding, picnics

Call for info

On Mt. Tamalpais

 

Phoenix Reservoir

MMWD

www.marinwater.org

(415) 945-1455

Sunrise to sunset

Fishing, hiking, dog walking, horseback riding, picnics

Call for info

On Mt. Tamalpais

 

Nicasio Reservoir

MMWD

www.marinwater.org

(415) 945-1455

Sunrise to sunset

Fishing, hiking, dog walking, horseback riding, picnics

Call for info

West Marin

 

Soulajule Reservoir

MMWD

www.marinwater.org

(415) 945-1455

Sunrise to sunset

Hiking, dog walking, horseback riding, picnics

Call for info

West Marin

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