Pardee Reservoir

  Recreation area updated restrictions

Effective Friday, July 3, 2020

Pardee Recreation Area will be operating with reduced capacity in order to support social distancing and limit COVID-19 related risks. It is advised to call the concessionaire to check availability before leaving your location as the venue will likely fill quickly. For more information visit the concessionaire's website Pardee Recreation Area

It is important for visitors to practice social distancing and avoid congregating with people outside of their immediate households. Please comply with California’s health order guidance that includes, “Californians should not travel significant distances and should stay close to home” while recreating outdoors. Visitors are advised to bring their own gloves, masks, soap, disinfectants and tablecloths, and continue to follow all CDC guidelines.

Read about recreation restrictions in the East Bay.

Pardee Reservoir, the heart of EBMUD’s drinking water supply, can be found nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range of Northern California. Popular recreational activities include fishing, boating and hiking. Swimming pools located next to the café are available for your enjoyment seven days a week. To comply with state law prohibiting body-water contact, personal watercraft, water skiing and lake swimming is not allowed. 

Things to do


A total of 141 beautiful, oak-studded camp sites are located within two separate campgrounds that offer plenty of shade. They each contain a picnic table and fire ring. Running water, flush restrooms, laundry facilities and other amenities are available within a short walking distance. Two ADA, wheelchair-accessible sites are also available. The newly renovated RV Park features 56 sites with their own picnic tables, fire rings and fully modernized electrical, water, and sewer connections. RV Park guests can also enjoy a new group gathering area. 


About 90 percent of Pardee Lake anglers fish for trout, both from the shore and from boats. Other available species include Brown Trout, Kokanee salmon, Black Bass, and three kinds of catfish. Children will particularly enjoy the fast-paced fishing for crappie, bluegill and sunfish.

A valid California fishing license is required for individuals 16 years of age or older. In addition, there is a Pardee fishing access fee of $7.00 per day for each individual 16 years of age and older. Up to 4 children, 15 years of age and younger, may fish without a daily fishing access permit as long as they are accompanied by a licensed adult with a valid fishing access permit. The Pardee access permit funds are used to re-stock the lake with fish.

Boat rentals

Motorboats, deluxe boats, pontoon boats and deluxe pontoons are available daily.

Boat launch

There is a 10-lane launching facility that is open daily. All boats must be surveyed and are subject to inspection before launching to prevent invasive Quagga Mussels from entering EBMUD waters. Vessels from Southern California and out-of-state are prohibited from launching on Pardee Reservoir unless they have gone through a decontamination process. 


The entrance fee includes access to the hiking trails along Pardee’s shorelines. These trails have portable toilets for your convenience.


Café Pardee offers hearty breakfasts and offers other specials throughout the afternoon. The café also has a store that stocks ice, wood, beverages, groceries and other supplies for camping needs.

Bring your dogs

Dogs are welcome (fee required) in developed areas, but must always be leashed and controlled.


Many species of birds reside at Pardee Lake. Keep an eye out for ducks, geese, eagles, ospreys, hawks, owls, and wild turkeys. Other animals include squirrels, rabbits, and deer. Less likely is the possibility of spotting a coyote, bobcat, rattlesnake, or mountain lion, all of which possess a solitary, elusive nature.


State law prohibits lake swimming. Two swimming pools, one for children and one for adults, are available seven days a week.


Park Details


Pardee Recreation Area, 4900 Stony Creek Rd., Ione, CA 95640


phone: 209-772-1472
reservations: 800-416-6992 


In 2020, Pardee is open from February 14 to November 1. It is closed during the migratory bird season as part of EBMUD’s wildlife enhancement program. For hours of operation, visit Rocky Mountain Recreation Company.


See the document below for entry fees, launch fees, and boat rental fees.