Lafayette Reservoir

  Recreation area restrictions

To keep the public safe, and in response to the Contra Costa Public Health Department's published guidelines, Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area and trails that originate from recreation areas are closed to the public:

  • Rim Trail
  • Lakeside Nature Trail
  • Westview Trail
  • Canyon Trail
  • Rheem Trail
  • Campolindo Trail
  • Big Oak Trail

EBMUD has nearly 90 miles of watershed trails that traverse the region that remain open to the public. To enable our community to enjoy the outdoors safely during this difficult time, we encourage the use of our watershed trails.

From March 19 through April 30, 2020, EBMUD is temporarily suspending the requirement that trail users obtain a permit. EBMUD requests that trail users practice social distancing and because this situation continues to change rapidly, we recommend you check our website for the latest information.

You may check the status of San Pablo Reservoir Recreation Area and EBMUD trails and recreation areas in the Sierra foothills.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this evolving situation.

Notice: New annual pass program

On April 1, 2019, Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area introduced annual pass hang-tags to replace gate cards. Hang-tags are a reliable, long-term solution for the recreation area's parking needs. Gate cards can be swapped for the new hang-tags at the Visitor Center during normal business hours.


Email Lafayette Reservoir
Or call 925-284-9669

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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Notice: Rheem Reservoir project 

From Fall 2018 to February 2020, EBMUD will conduct upgrades at the Rheem Reservoir, located off of the Lafayette Reservoir's Rim Trail and Rheem Boulevard. The project includes replacement of the existing roof, recoating the tank's interior, installation of safety stairs, replacement of the drinking fountain and electrical improvements. This project will allow EBMUD to maintain high quality drinking water by updating the reservoir to current standards and improve water service reliability in the area. Schedule subject to change.

Photo gallery of Lafayette Reservoir 

Park Details


3849 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette, CA


phone: (925) 284-9669

Visitor Center & Restroom Hours

Please note that the Visitor Center, including restrooms, closes before the park closes.

  Open Close
Sept. to Mar. 6:30 am 4:00 pm
Apr. to Aug. 6:00 am 6:00 pm


Park Hours

Open every day including holidays.  

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 8:00 pm
October 6:30 am 7:00 pm
6:30 am 6:30*/5:30 pm
December 6:30 am 5:30 pm

*Daylight Saving Time


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.