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Lake del Valle State Recreation Area
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Description - Centerpiece of the park is a lake five miles long with all kinds of water-oriented recreation, surrounded by 3,997 acres of beautiful land for hiking, horseback riding, and nature study. Del Valle also is the eastern gateway to the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, 28 miles of scenic back country trail.

Attractions - Del Valle offers two swimming beaches with lifeguards on duty during posted periods. Year-round swimming is allowed in much of the lake, at the swimmer's own risk. There is an abundance of landscaped picnic grounds, some of them reservable for large groups. Choose Picnic Reservations from the Shortcuts menu above for more information. The Del Valle Family Campground has 150 sites, 21 of them with water and sewage hookups (no electrical). The sites are served by centrally located toilet and shower facilities. For reservations, telephone (510) 562-2267, up to 12 weeks in advance. There are also several youth group campgrounds, available by reservation only. Telephone (510) 562-2267 for information.

Recreation - The area is ideal for picnicking, horseback riding, boating, fishing and swimming.Lake Del Valle is known for excellent fishing. The lake is stocked regularly with trout and catfish. There are also large- and smallmouth bass, striped bass, and panfish. The public may rent motorboats, patio boats, peddle boats, canoes, and kayaks at the marina area.

Climate - Climate in the San Francisco-Bay varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.

Location - Del Valle Regional Park is located on Del Valle Road off Mines Road south of Livermore (parking fee). Exit I-580 eastbound or westbound in Livermore at North Livermore Avenue. Head south and proceed through town (North Livermore Avenue will become South Livermore Avenue in town). About 1.5 miles outside town, turn right at Mines Road, go about 3.5 miles and continue straight on Del Valle Road (Mines Road turns left). The park entrance is about four miles ahead.


Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: bu zhen (daly city, ca)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: not a bad place to go to, but watch out the bad weather, especially the wind before the sunset. a really good spot for lunch, but sometimes too many people goes there. we did know it's a state park, and we could have use my disablity pass, now i know. we made a wrong turn once, watchout. anyway it's a good place to go, we could had stayed over night too. next time, we would go camping.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
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Filed By: KB (Oakland, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: 1st trip on 6/20/04 (Father's Day). Worst part, NO (fishing) action. Never SAW a fish (anybody). Met several really nice people, absolutely beautiful flora & fauna, peaceful & serene. Went to Los Vaqueros (15 miles up N. Vasco Rd.) to catch 'em!

Filed By: Marty Martinez (Tracy, Ca)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: There restocking trout this week according to the San Joaquin "Record". Wednesday's edition.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: 4/26/01: fishing wasnt that good today went at 5:00pm and stayed until 8:00pm and not even a bite. i was fishing in the south end with power bait and worms.But i saw people about 30 feet away and they caught 2 catfish.


More Information

Contact Information:
Bay Area District Headquarters, 250 Executive Park Blvd., Suite 4900 , San Francisco, CA, 94134, Phone: 415-330-6300, Fax: 415-330-6312
, badhq@parks.ca.gov

Additional Information:
California Lakes and Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs described here range from huge reservoirs to small mountain lakes. The lakes are often part of large recreation areas, National Forests or State Parks.
San Francisco Bay Area State Parks, Historic Sites and Beaches - The San Francisco Bay Area offers incredibly diverse experiences. It features Mount Diablo State park, Mount Tamalpais State Park, and an array of incredible state park sites.

Links:
California State Parks - Official agency website.

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