The Lafayette Reservoir is located off Mt. Diablo Boulevard on the west end of Lafayette. Completed in 1933 the reservoir is a standby supply of drinking water for East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) customers. The 925 acre site with a 1.4 billion gallon reservoir was opened to public recreation in 1966 with hiking, fishing, boating and picnicking.
Fishing at the reservoir has a daily fee and the usual state license requirements and bait restrictions apply. The State Department of Fish and Game plants thousands of trout each year joining bluegill, black bass, black crappie and several kinds of catfish.
Privately owned rowboats, canoes, kayaks and sailboats are allowed at the reservoir. There is a fee for boat registration. In addition, there are rowboats and pedal boats for rent at the activity center on an hourly, half-day, or all-day basis.
The recreation area is also open for bicyclists, (and for those who prefer roller skates, roller blades and scooters) on the paved Lakeside Trail (2.7 miles) and roads, however, no skateboards.
Surrounding the reservoir are 35 picnic sites to accommodate families and small groups. Most picnic areas are located near the dam; others are scattered around the reservoir. Sites can be reserved in person at the Lafayette Visitor Center. There is a prepaid reservation fee required. Please call 925-284-9669 for specific information.
Open fires and barbecues outside of developed areas are not allowed.
There is an entrance fee to the main lot as well as short term (metered) parking. Annual passes are also available.
The area is open year-round during daylight hours. Opening and closing times are posted at the gate.