Lake Chabot Regional Park, located in Castro Valley on the on Lake Chabot Road, is a beautiful park well known for its reservoir surrounded by redwood trees, flowers, and wildlife.
The park features hiking trails, fishing, boating, picnicking, horseshoe pits, jogging, and biking. There is a $5 parking fee per vehicle, but street parking is also available (add 5-10 minutes for walking.) A cafe near the boating launch sells fishing bait and licenses, food, and drinks. Bathrooms are next to the cafe. Unfortunately, there is no playground structure.
My daughters and I have frequented this park for walking and hiking since they were born. It has always been an easy park to take strollers and walk the paved paths around the reservoir. The breathtaking views of the sunset are well worth the walk. I would recommend bringing a stroller for children under five, since the hilly trails can get steep and difficult for toddlers to keep up or continue walking.
The boats are the main attraction for my children. Rental boats can be found, easily, by the marina. It can be somewhat costly at $27 – $30 per hour for kayaks, rowing boats, pedal boats, or the electric motor boats, but the children have so much fun looking for the freshwater bass, bluegill, and crappie among the ducks and geese. Save 50% off on Wednesdays excluding holidays.
Swimming is not permitted in the lake.
BBQ grills and picnic tables are available for walk-ins or reservations. There is plenty of grassy open fields to picnic on. No food, no problem! Grab a snack, breakfast, or lunch at The Lake Chabot Marina and Cafe. Plenty of healthy snack options (i.e., fresh fruits and vegetables), bottled drinks, and warm drinks (i.e., coffee, hot chocolate). We have never fished here, but fishing permits, licenses, and bait is available at the Cafe.
Plan your visit to Lake Chabot Regional Center
- $5 parking fee or street park for free!
- $2 dog fee (often not checked)
- Fishing and boating available. Check the website for current prices and information.
What to bring to Lake Chabot
- Picnic blankets for sitting or picnicking
- Water bottles
- Packed lunches
- Bikes, scooters, helmets
- Good walking shoes