Thursday, June 11, 2020

Lafayette Reservoir PAVED TRAIL and PARKING LOT opens, Friday, June 12! The Rim Trail has been open over the past few weeks and will remain accessible. Fishing will be allowed, Fishing Permits will be sold through the “iron ranger” at the Visitor Center.

The Visitor Center, picnic areas, playground, drinking fountains and some of the restrooms will remain closed. Boating will not be allowed as the Visitor Center remains closed. 

Remember to bring your own water and hand sanitizer.

For current Lafayette Reservoir information please visit their website here:

The Rim Trail is currently open but other restrictions remain, view access points on this map (PDF).


Rim Trail reopens, recreation area restrictions continue

Updated May 4, 2020

Effective Monday, May 4, 2020, the Rim Trail at Lafayette Reservoir will reopen for hiking, running and walking. Parking lots, restrooms, drinking fountains, picnic areas, the playground and the Visitor’s Center all remain closed, as well as the following trails:

  • Lakeside Nature Trail
  • Westview Trail
  • Canyon Trail
  • Rheem Trail
  • Campolindo Trail
  • Big Oak Trail

Now more than ever, EBMUD watershed trails and recreation facilities can provide the opportunity for outdoor activity while also providing opportunities for respite, health and wellness. We encourage individuals to use our trails and recreation areas safely while we all follow current guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Throughout this pandemic, EBMUD has continued to provide safe access to our watershed trail system. The San Pablo and Lafayette recreation areas were more challenging and full closures were required due to crowding.

The Lafayette Reservoir receives well over a million visitors per year. Recent relaxation in County Health Orders allows EBMUD to reopen pedestrian access to the Rim Trail at the Lafayette Recreation Area because it is a more difficult trail that is used sparingly. Conversely, use of the narrow and already crowded paved Lakeside Trail exceeded recommended guidance for social distancing due to the surge in outdoor trail use in the region. Therefore, to protect the safety of the public and EBMUD watershed staff, the Lakeside Trail will remain closed.

We will closely monitor the reopening of the Rim Trail for compliance with County Health Orders and anticipate an incremental return to full activity when the safety of our visitors and employees can be ensured.


4/30/2020: From EBMUD – At this point in time we are following the Shelter in Place Orders (SPO) by the Governor. The Lafayette Reservoir will remained closed until it is safe to reopen. As observed on the news, SPO has not been working in many popular locations.  The Lafayette Reservoir normally has over 1.2 million visitors.  The EBMUD staff are also very concerned about COVID-19, and we do not have enough staff to properly monitor the number of visitors to the reservoir.  We will track the changes the governor imposes, and make plans accordingly.


3/23/2020: The City of Lafayette received this message from EBMUD Board member John Coleman concerning the closure of the Lafayette Reservoir: “Under guidance of the Governor’s order and the county orders, we have closed the Lafayette Reservoir. We have 1.2 million+ park visitors year, and that is many thousands of people a day. Would it be nice to have the gates open? Yes, especially with everybody being required to stay at home. However, with social distancing, and then putting non-essential employees at risk, the concerns are legitimate. Thank you for being supportive of our decision.”

About the Lafayette Reservoir

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.

Foggy Reservoir

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.

For further information including current fees and hours, call the reservoir at 925-284-9669 or visit the Lafayette Reservoir website.

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