West Shore Trail
Bass Cove Trail
East Shore Trail
East Bay Regional Parks District
Nearby Parks and Trails:
Redwood Regional Park
Roberts Recreation Area
Joaquin Miller Park
Bay Area Ridge Trail
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Chabot Trails and Facilities
View of the marina from the
cove to the southeast
Chabot is a 315-acre lake, adjacent
to 5067-acre Anthony Chabot Regional Park. The dam on San Leandro Creek which
created the lake was built by pioneering California businessman and
philanthropist Anthony Chabot in 1874-75. It was once a primary water
source for the East Bay, but is now used only as an emergency water
source and to irrigate the nearby golf course, so the lake stays at a
high level year-round. It is run by the East Bay Regional Parks
District. The lake is a very
popular and productive fishing lake. It is heavily stocked with trout
in the cooler months and catfish in the warmer months. Boat rentals are
available at the marina. The park is also popular for picnicking,
bicycling, and horseback riding. 20 miles of trail run through Lake
Chabot Park. Another 70 miles of trail are in Anthony Chabot Park. 3.5
miles of trail along the west and east shores of the lake are paved. A
bike trail runs around the lake for 12.4 miles (using the Live Oak
Trail) or 14.4 miles (using the Honker Bay Trail). A hiking route
around the lake runs for 8.5 miles. In a eucalyptus grove high on the
hill overloooking the north shore of the lake is the Anthony Chabot
Family Campground. It has tent and RV camping with hot showers. There
are also 7 group camps on hills north of the family campground. Two
golf courses adjoin the park. The Oakland Zoo is close to the park, as
is Merritt College and the Leona Canyon Regional Open Space Preserve.
The park is next to
Castro Valley, San Leandro, and Oakland. There are several ways to reach the lake.
The easiest way to reach the main entrance from the west is to take
I-880 to I-238 east to I-580 north (towards Oakland). Exit at the
Fairmont Drive exit. Take the first right, which is Fairmont Drive. Go
up the hill past the county facilities. On the other side of the hill,
the road intersects Lake Chabot Road. Continue to the right on Lake
Chabot Road, then make the first left into the marina entrance.
Note: most of the pictures below were taken on 9/22/07. Others were
taken on 12/3/05.
Lake Chabot Marina sign on Lake
Chabot Road just east of Fairmont Drive
entrance. Parking fees are currently $5. If you want to fish, it's
another $4. Gate hours are posted at the entrance. Curfew is 10 pm to 5
am. You can park on Lake Chabot Road outside the park and walk in,
which is necessary if you intend to stay past the parking lot's closing
are several picnic areas near the park's main entrance. There are
first-come, first-served tables. There are also 6 reservable group
sites, which can accommodate 50-200 people, depending on he site:
Turtle, Elderberry, Cove, Willow, Mallard, and Heron. The sites have
BBQ's, running water, and nearby restrooms.
Bike path and the Turtle Picnic
Bike path, fish cleaning
station (on the right), and picnic area.
Entrance to the picnic areas
from the end of the parking lot.
Horseshoes and volleyball court.
Elderberry Picnic Area
Picnic tables west of the Cove
Lawn south of the boat dock and
the Cove Picnic Area
Picnic tables surrounding the
big lawn near the marina
Willow Picnic Area
Mallard and Heron Picnic Areas
cafe and bait shop. Here you can get a lunch or snack, rent a boat, buy
bait and tackle, pick up a park map, and get fishing tips.
Lake Chabot Marina, rental
boats, and tour boat
Lake Chabot Marina, picnic
tables, interpretive signs, and rental boats
Pictures of fish caught in the
lake, posted in the bait shop
Marina and the hills behind
Start of the West Shore Trail
and fishing pier. The paved trail runs for 1.8 miles to the dam.
Fishing pier on the West Shore
on the West Shore Trail, with path leading to the lake. There are 6
restrooms on the West Shore Trail.
West Shore Trail leading uphill
View of the lake and Live Oak
Island from the West Shore Trail
Coot Landing fishing pier
Alder Point fishing pier
Shoreline access near the dam
on an elevated platform near the dam overlook, looking across at the
Bass Cove Trail. The plaques talk about the construction of the dam.
Lake Chabot Dam
Trail over the Lake Chabot Dam
Dam spillway and outlet valve
are several numbered posts near the dam. See the history
walk brochure for an explanation
of them. This is a control shaft for a water tunnel.
marks the site
of the dam construction superintendent's cottage. The hill in the
background was once a quarry. Part of it is within the park boundaries.
The Fairmont Ridge Trail, whose staging
area is off Fairmont Drive, leads up this hill.
This is the
start of the Bass Cove Trail, which branches off the West Shore Trail
just past the dam. It is a wide dirt trail open to bikes, horses, and
View of the dam from the Bass
The Bass Cove Trail follows the
lakeshore into Bass Cove. It is part of the 12.4-14.4-mile Lake Chabot
This wooden boardwalk crosses
the marsh behind the marina and leads to the East Shore Trail.
View of the marina from the
East Shore Trail. You can see the types of boats for rent.
Steps leading down to a fishing
pier. The West Shore Trail is on the opposite shore.
Fishermen carrying their catch
on the East Shore (12/3/05)
the West Shore Trail, the East Shore Trail is paved. It has restrooms
and benches along the way. It is a little less hilly than the West
Looking across at the Honker Bay Trail ascending the hill to the Family
Fishing pier on the east shore
Boat below the
eucalyptus-forested hills, which is the site of the Chabot Family
Raccoon Point fishing pier (12/3/05)
View of Honker
Bay from the East Shore Trail. At the end of Honker Bay, the bicycle
trail crosses a narrow bridge, then forks into the Live Oak Trail and
the Honker Bay Trail. The Live Oak Trail leads up the hills to the
Towhee Trail near the Family Campground entry kiosk. The Honker Bay
Trail continues along the shoreline, then climbs up to the end of the
Family Campground road. In the hills north of the lake is a huge
complex of trails in Anthony Chabot Regional Park. The Skyline National
Trail and Bay Area Ridge Trail run along the ridge through the park.
Trails lead to adjacent 1831-acre Redwood Regional Park
, and Oakland's 550-acre Joaquin Miller Park
Sunset from the East Shore Trail