Lafayette Reservoir

Maps and Info

Location:  off Mt. Diablo Boulevard on the west end of Lafayette.  

History: The East Bay Municipal Water District (EBMUD) dam was completed in 1933. During the construction of Lafayette Reservoir in 1928, the earthen dam settled, resulting in the lake being one third of its intended size. The tower, a prominent landmark that can be seen from throughout the lake, was build first, which allowed water to be channeled through the side and underneath the dam to Lafayette Creek and the filter below. That is why the tower seems much taller than it should be.

Park hours: A reserve domestic drinking water supply, the 126 acre reservoir is open year round. Hours range from 6 am. until 9 p.m., depending upon time of year.

Entry fees: daily fee is $7.00. Annual Gate Cards are $145.00, or $105 for Senior Citizens (62 years) and $105 for disabled. 

Private boats:  Cartop boats only. No trailers or gas engines are allowed, but electric motors are o.k. Sailboats, canoes, kayaks and inflatables are all allowed. The daily launch fee is $4.00. Annual passes are $50.00, Senior $25.00

Boat rentals: Row and Pedal Boats:

• 1 hour - $15.00

• 1-1/2 hours - $22.50

• 1/2 day (1.5-5 hours) - $25.00

• all day (over 5 hours) - $35.00

Fishing:  Daily Access Permit ($5.00) and State License Required. No live bait allowed except for worms.

Daily limits: Rainbow trout - 5; Black bass - 5 (12” minimum); Catfish -10; Sunfish (including Crappie: 25: 

Hiking, Walking and Jogging: The dirt Rim Trail is 4.7 miles long. The paved Lakeside Trail is 2.7 miles long. Bicycles/Rollerskates/Blades/Scooters are allowed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon until closing and on Sundays from opening until 11 a.m. (on paved trail only), no skateboards.

Picnicking

Day Use Picnicking: 125 tables and barbecues available throughout the part on a available to the public on a first come, first served basis. Reserve area for Groups: up to 75 persons - $200.00, up to 250 persons - $350.00

Handicapped Access: parking, fishing, picnicking and restroom facilities are available.  

Information:  For more information, call the Lafayette Reservoir Visitors Center, 925-284-9669, or visit on the web: www.ebmud.com/services/recreation/east_bay/lafayette

Articles & Reports
East Bay Lakes Roundup-3407

Written By: Dan Bacher,
March 17, 2015

Los Vaqueros

(Byron) The trout action at Los Vaqueros Reservoir busted loose after two trout plants totaling 2500 pounds during one week.

Mount Lassen planted 1,000 pounds of trout on Tuesday, March 3, and the Department of Fish and...

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Lafayette: The East Bay Reservoir That Looks Like A Natural Lake Lafayette: The East Bay Reservoir That Looks Like A Natural Lake

Written By: Dan Bacher,
March 1, 2015

Lafayette Reservoir, known for its abundant rainbow trout, largemouth bass and channel catfish populations, is unique among the fishing lakes of the East Bay region in that it looks more like a natural lake than a reservoir.

The lake’s...

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East Bay Lakes Roundup

Written By: Dan Bacher,
October 31, 2014

Los Vaqueros

(Byron) A series of big trout plants at Los Vaqueros Reservoir have boosted the angling success of both boaters and shore fishermen.

“Mt. Lassen today planted 1,000 pounds of rainbows,” reported Brian deMunnik at the Los...

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East Bay Lakes Roundup-3407

Written By: Dan Bacher,

Los Vaqueros

(Byron) The trout action at Los Vaqueros Reservoir busted loose after two trout plants totaling 2500 pounds during one week.

Mount Lassen planted 1,000 pounds of trout on Tuesday, March 3, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife stocked 1500 pounds on...

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East Bay Lakes Roundup

Written By: Dan Bacher,

Los Vaqueros

(Byron) A series of big trout plants at Los Vaqueros Reservoir have boosted the angling success of both boaters and shore fishermen.

“Mt. Lassen today planted 1,000 pounds of rainbows,” reported Brian deMunnik at the Los Vaqueros Marina on October 17....

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East Bay Lakes Roundup

Written By: Dan Bacher,

Los Vaqueros

(Byron) Fishing for catfish and trout received a boost with a plant of 2,000 pounds of rainbows from Mt. Lassen and 1250 pounds of channel cats from Bundy’s on August 29, just prior to the Labor Day weekend.

“Trout fishing has picked up,” disclosed Brian...

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During the winter and early spring month bank anglers often compete with boaters and at times surpass boaters success when it comes to...

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Artificial softbaits are deadly weapons for bass of all stripes, including largemouths and smallmouths. Always a threat, their combination...

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In terms of rain and snow the 2014/15 winter is off to a rip roaring start. If things keep going the way they have been, trouters and...

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Weather Report for Lafayette Reservoir

Todays date: Monday April 27, 2015

Lafayette Reservoir Species
  • Trout
  • Trout
  • Bass
  • Bass
  • Catfish
  • Catfish
Whats Biting?

Trout

Bass

Catfish



Water Level for Lafayette Reservoir

Sorry. We don't have any water level information for Lafayette Reservoir. Our information comes from the USGS.

Recent Reader's Photo
darklyte27
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darklyte27

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Species: Trout

Fishing for Large mouth Bass at Lafayette on the docks with a drop shot landed this 4lb 14 oz trout. Fought it for about 8 minutes, as I reeled it in it swam back out 3 times! Date is November 10th 2013, Marine Corps Birthday.

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