Lafayette Reservoir

NOTICE: Harmful algae is present in Lafayette Reservoir

Blue green algae in lakes can result in a buildup of toxins. While near-water activities (picnicking, biking, and hiking) are safe, take the following precautions for your safety.

Body contact with water is never permitted. Keep children away from the water and the shoreline. Use tap water to rinse any skin that has contacted lake water.

Keep pets, especially dogs, out of the water. They should not enter or drink the water.

Fish caught here may be consumed after you throw away the guts and liver, and rinse fillets with tap water.  

Lafayette Reservoir is a recreational reservoir, not used for drinking but serves as an emergency supply.

The Lafayette Recreation Area is an all-year day-use area ideal for hiking, jogging, fishing, boating and picnicking, located off Highway 24 only one mile from the Lafayette BART station.

Things to do

Kids

A children's playground is located on the east lawn.

Picnicking

Picnic tables (125) are available on a first-come, first-served basis; 44 have barbeques for cooking your favorite outdoor meals. Four group sites available for reservation; the Large, Stage and Upper sites all accommodate 250 people each. The small site can hold up to 75. Make your online picnic reservation here.

Fishing

EBMUD plants trout during the fall, winter, and spring months, and plants catfish in the summer. Come to the visitor center to pick up basic fishing tackle and bait to get a line in the water. A daily fishing access permit is required.

Boating

Rent rowboats, pedal boats and kayaks at the Visitor Center. If you bring your own boat, there is a launch area (fees apply), and you will need to have your boat inspected to keep EBMUD waterways safe from Quagga mussels. Gasoline engines and trailers are not allowed.

Hiking

There are two main trails at Lafayette Reservoir. The Lakeside Nature Trail (paved, 2.7 miles) and the Rim Trail (unpaved, 4.7 miles). Additionally, there are 928 acres of open space for hiking, wildlife viewing, photography, and enjoying beautiful vistas.

Biking

Bicyclists and people on roller skates, roller blades and scooters are allowed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon until closing and on Sundays from opening until 11:00 a.m. on the paved Lakeside Trail and roads.

Bring your dogs

Dogs are allowed. Animal leashes may NOT be longer than 6 feet in length.

Invasive mussel prevention 

Learn about requirements for boaters that help prevent the introduction of invasive mussels into EBMUD waters.

2017 Recreation fee schedule (effective 1/1/17)

Photo gallery of Lafayette Reservoir 

Park Details

Location

3849 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette, CA

Contact

email: lafres@ebmud.com
phone: (925) 284-9669

Hours

Open every day including holidays. Please note that the Visitor Center, including restrooms, closes two and a half hours before the park closes. See below for detailed hours. 

 OpenClose
January 7:00 am 5:30 pm
February 7:00 am 6:00 pm
March 7:00 am 6:30/7:30* pm
April 6:00 am 8:00 pm
May 6:00 am 8:30 pm
June/July 6:00 am 9:00 pm
August 6:00 am 8:30 pm
September 6:00 am 8:00 pm
October 7:00 am 7:00 pm
November
7:00 am 6:30*/5:30 pm
December 7:00 am 5:30 pm

*Daylight Saving Time

Fees

Parking is $7 per day. Annual parking passes are available at the visitor center. For a list of other fees, including boat rental, fishing and annual passes, see hours and fees under park information below.