Lafayette Reservoir

Notice: Harmful algae 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. 

Notice: Paving renewal project  

The Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area has over 1.2 million visitors annually. The majority of these visitors come to walk or run on Lakeside Nature Trail, the paved trail around the reservoir. The trail requires repaving to safely meet current and future demands of visitors to the reservoir.

The paving renewal project will be completed in two phases: 1.5 miles of the western portion of the trail will be repaved while the other half of the trail remains open. Once the western portion is complete it will be reopened and the other 1.5 miles on the eastern side will be closed for repaving.

Connecting trails to the closed portion will also be closed. The project will begin on Monday, September 17, 2018 and we estimate that paving will be complete by Friday, October 5, 2018. The schedule is subject to change.

Questions: Kathryn Horn, Community Affairs 510-287-2053 or Outside of normal business hours, call 1-866-403-2683. 

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.

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.