Cull Canyon: A place to swim in the East Bay - 510 Families

Cull Canyon: A place to swim in the East Bay

Follow 580 to Castro Valley, about 20 minutes from Oakland, and you’ll find the Cull Canyon Recreation Area, including a sand-bottomed swimming lagoon with lifeguards on duty.

Cull Canyon Swimming Lagoon in Castro Valley | Photo: Liz Headley

My daughter tells me the main thrill is swimming to the far end of the reservoir where a large floating dock allows you to climb up and then jump off into 11-foot deep water.

Make a day of it by reading other things to do with kids in Castro Valley or things to do with kids in San Leandro.

Castro Valley Swim Spot: Cull Canyon | Photo: Liz Headley

What to expect at Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area

Cull Canyon is an East Bay Regional Park. Parking is free at this spot, but the gates are only open for specific hours, 8 am to 10 pm during the summer.

Bring your own towel, beach chairs, and swim gear.


There are restrooms, including a changing room, and a concession stand.

Not warm enough to swim in the 510? Check out the 925 – it’s usually warmer in Antioch where Contra Loma Lagoon offers a similar swimming hole.

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1 thought on “Cull Canyon: A place to swim in the East Bay”

  1. Per the East Bay Regional Parks’ website (Jun 23), the swimming area is closed because of equipment issues. It’s unclear if it’s a long term or short term issue, but check the website before heading out there!

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