Lake Chabot RP

Lake Chabot Regional Park – 10-mile loop, moderate

NEWS: There is currently a bald eagle breeding pair and their offspring nesting in a restricted area of the park. They can be view from Alder Point. Stay on trail and do not enter the restricted area. (November 2014)

NEWS: Blue-green algae is currently on the lake. With or without bloom, body contact is prohibited, dangerous, and otherwise not advised. Take care to properly clean fish. Visit the CDC or CDPH to learn more.

Lake Chabot Regional Park; california; east bay; east bay regional parks The view not far from the store.

The view not far from the store.

Conceived by Anthony Chabot, construction of the dam that created Lake Chabot was completed by 800 Chinese laborers during the 1800s.

Once a primary water source for the East Bay in 1874-5, the lake was opened to recreation in the 1960’s. The lake is now maintained as an emergency water source so restrictions on water contact are still active. The lake is also home to many bird species including the wintering Cormorants and American White Pelicans.

Lake Chabot Regional Park; bird; california; east bay; east bay regional parks These cormorants are wintering on Lake Chabot.

These cormorants are wintering on Lake Chabot.

Lake Chabot Regional Park; bird; california; east bay; east bay regional parks The pelicans often flew to regroup with others.

The pelicans often flew to regroup with others.

Kayaking (rental available), boating, and fishing (the lake is stocked) are allowed but swimming is not.

A biking and a hiking loop encircle the lake. Longer hikes can be accomplished by connecting with the trails in the Anthony Chabot Regional Park.

For more adventures in the East Bay Regional Park District, visit our EBRPD Agency Guide.

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