Description - Located in the heart of Castro Valley is Lake Chabot, a 315-acre reservoir. Outdoor lovers are attracted to regional park for its miles of trails, stocked waters, marina services, and more.
- A variety of outdoor recreations wait at Lake Chabot Regional Park. The 315-acre lake is stocked with trout and catfish. Best time to fish for trout is fall through spring. Summertime anglers can snag largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill. A popular event is the annual spring fishing derby. The several fishing piers include one with access for the disabled, and there is a wheelchair ramp from the parking lot to the marina. Swimming and gasoline motorboats prohibited.
Enjoy scenic walks on the 280-acre Fairmont Ridge. Park trails are designed for a variety of users. Lake Chabot is well known among the running community. The park hosts Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Fun Run. In fact, Trail Runner magazine chose this challenge as one of America's Most Scenic Races.
Services include rental of canoes and boats (electric, paddle boats, or oars), a coffee shop, picnicking, grassy play area, horseshoe pits, hiking, bicycling, jogging, and running trails, and seasonal lake tours aboard the Chabot Queen.
Special events at the park include everything from paddle instruction to woodland walks.
Recreation - An assortment of recreationists come to Lake Chabot. Anglers, hikers, runners, bikers, picnickers, paddlers, and other find enjoyment.
Climate - Climate in the San Francisco Bay area 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.
Lake Chabot is located Castro Valley. From Interstate 580 westbound, take the Strobridge Avenue exit. Turn right on Strobridge, right on Castro Valley Boulevard, and left on Lake Chabot Road. The Lake Chabot Marina is about two miles ahead on the right.
From I-580 eastbound, exit at Redwood Road and go left, go left at Castro Valley Boulevard, right at Lake Chabot Road, and follow the directions above. From I-580 in San Leandro, exit at Fairmont Drive and go east (uphill). The marina entrance will be to the left at the bottom of the hill.