Lafayette Reservoir

Welcome to Lafayette Reservoir

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.

Notice: Harmful algae present in Lafayette Reservoir

Blue-green algae in lakes can result in a buildup of toxins. While activities near the water, such as 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 neither enter nor drink the water.

  • Fish caught here may be consumed after you throw away the intestinal tract and liver, and rinse filets with tap water.

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

For more information contact EBMUD at 1-866-403-2683.

Things to do


The children's playground on the east lawn is open.


Several tables and BBQ grills available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Reserved area are available and reservations are made online at:

Lafayette Reservoir Picnic Reservations


EBMUD plants trout during the fall, winter, and spring months, and plants catfish in the summer. A daily fishing access permit is required.


Row Boats and Pedal Boats are available to rent on a first-come first-serve basis from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  A $40.00 deposit is required.  Must be 18+ years old to rent.  All boats must be docked by 4:00 p.m.

Boat Rental Rates

up to 1 hour  $15.00
1 to 1 1/2 hours  $22.50
1 1/2 to 5 hours  $25.00
5+ hours  $35.00




50% discount only on non-holiday weekdays for seniors and disabled

Private boat launch opens from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., $4.00 for one-day launch, $6.00 for boat inspection.  All boats off water by 4:00 p.m. 


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 and must be kept on-leash at all times. 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.

Updated trail maps

EBMUD is pleased to offer an update to the trails maps, including an interactive 3-D version with detailed trail locations, access points, elevations, amenities and a search function that allows users to find their ideal trails, including those within the Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area. Visit East Bay trails for more information.

Annual parking pass program

In 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. 


Email Lafayette Reservoir
Or call 925-284-9669

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
As of February 22, 2021 8:00 am 4:00 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.