Lake Del Valle

Livermore, California

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Long, narrow lake in a hilly woodland setting. Operated by the East Bay Regional Park District, the 5,000-acre Del Valle Regional Park offers picnicking, 150 camping sites, swimming, boating, hiking, and horseback riding. The California Department of Fish and Game stocks trout in winter, and bass fishing is excellent in the summer. Wooded hills surrounding the lake rise to the 2,000-foot elevation. Constructed as part of the State Water Project, 700-acre Del Valle Reservoir stores water for the South Bay Aqueduct.

Lake Del Valle Professional Review and Guide

"Long, narrow lake in a hilly woodland setting. Operated by the East Bay Regional Park District, the 5,000-acre Del Valle Regional Park offers picnicking, 150 camping sites, swimming, boating, hiking, and horseback riding. The California Department of Fish and Game stocks trout in winter, and bass fishing is excellent in the summer. Wooded hills surrounding the lake rise to the 2,000-foot elevation. Constructed as part of the State Water Project, 700-acre Del Valle Reservoir stores water for the South Bay Aqueduct."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Livermore
Distance: 14.6
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip
Class: Class I
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: East Bay Regional Park District
Local Maps: USGS Mendenhall Springs
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Del Valle

Recent Trail Reviews

4/18/2010
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In the mornings, Del Valle Lake makes for wonderful, easy paddling. If you can go on a weekday, all the better, as there are fewer motor boats making wakes. Beware, however, of the afternoon winds, which can whip up some pretty severe waves. I do lots of recreational paddling on lakes, and Del Valle is the only place I actually felt the need for a life vest! Beginners, stick to the mornings.


8/7/2006
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Lake Del Valle is a great lake for beginner kayakers and canoers. In fact, they have a place to rent a kayak right at the waters edge during the summer months and the people at Sunrise Mountain Sports are willing to give you basic instructions. There is abundant birdlife to be found on the lake including nesting bald eagles, Caspian Terns, Great Blue Herons, Night Herons, and grebes plus the water is warm in case you take a swim. Motorboats are kept to a 10 mph limit and it is heavily patrolled particularly on weekends. We try to paddle on the lake at least once a week.



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May 2018