Lafayette Reservoir

  Recreation areas and trail closures 

EBMUD's Lafayette and San Pablo Reservoir Recreation Areas and East Bay trails will remain closed due to continued high winds through Tuesday, 10/27. Rec areas and trails will reopen on Wednesday, 10/28. We will be updating with the latest information regarding closures and re-openings. Please check back for updates. 

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.


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


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


Unavailable until further notice.


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


Unavailable until further notice. 


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.

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 October 19, 2020 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.