Lafayette Reservoir

  Recreation area open, COVID-19 restrictions continue

Updated September 1, 2020

Please cover your face when approaching others outside of your personal social bubble.


Parking: Open. Annual pass-holders may use expired passes until further notice.
Trails: Open
Restrooms: Partial
Fishing: Open - permit required
Visitor's Center: Closed
Boat rental/launch: Closed
Picnic/BBQ: Closed
Playground: Closed
Hours of operation: Daily, 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Contact: lafres@ebmud.com or call 925-284-9669

Updated trail maps

EBMUD is pleased to offer the 2020 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.

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. Annual pass-holders may use expired passes until further notice.

Contact

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

Kids

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

Picnicking

Unavailable until further notice.

Fishing

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

Boating

Unavailable until further notice. 

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 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.

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

Location

3849 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette, CA

Contact

email: lafres@ebmud.com
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.  

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