Lafayette Reservoir

TheLafayette 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. Two group sites available for reservation; the large site accommodates 250 people and the small site 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

Park information

Park Details

Location

3849 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette, CA

Contact

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

Hours

Open every day from sunrise to approximately sunset; hours vary depending on the time of year. See fees and hours below for more details. 

 OpenClose
January 6:30 am 5:30 pm
February 6:30 am 6:00 pm
March 6:30 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 6:30 am 7:30 pm
October-Nov
6:30 am 6:30*/5:30 pm
Dec 6:30 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.