Sierra foothills

EBMUD's 58,000 acres of beautiful watershed lands and reservoirs in the East Bay and Sierra Foothills protect water quality for EBMUD customers. An oasis for wildlife and a lush haven for people, these lands offer many opportunities to explore and enjoy nature.

Exploring the Sierra foothills

Ninety miles from the Bay Area near the small town of Valley Springs lies the heart of EBMUD's drinking water supply. Plan a day trip to Pardee Reservoir or Camanche Reservoir where you can camp among the oaks, fish and boat. At Camanche, swimming is allowed. Camanche Hills Hunting Preserve is available for shooting sports. Get access to the Mokelumne River at the Mokelumne River Day Use Area where you can wade, fish and picnic. Hike forty-one miles of beautiful Sierra trails including the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail.

Take a tour or volunteer

Mokelumne Volunteer Program (MVP) workdays offer the chance for you to help maintain trails and participate in habitat restoration projects. Find out about fun, educational events on our watershed lands. For information about January 2017 Eagle Tours, please call (209) 772-8204 during normal business hours.

Being good stewards

Outdoor education programs teach school kids what it takes to protect the environment and how drinking water fits into natural systems. Learn more about EBMUD's ongoing commitment to protect and manage watershed lands.

Recovery efforts underway after Butte Fire

Following the devastating Butte Fire in September 2015, EBMUD is expanding its volunteer program into the Mokelumne River's upper watershed to address soil erosion in burned areas along the river canyon in Amador and Calaveras counties. Volunteers will spread mulch, build water dissipaters and add seed to help the landscape heal. Learn how you can help in the recovery effort.

EBMUD estimates about 12,000 acres of the greater Mokelumne watershed burned, while none of EBMUD-owned watershed lands were affected. EBMUD staff continues to monitor conditions that may affect water supply in the future.


EBMUD rangers and staff are here to help.


phone: (209) 772-8204