Lake Chabot is a reservoir at the southeastern edge of Oakland in Lake Chabot Regional Park, immediately adjacent to Anthony Chabot Regional Park. A small portion of the lake is within Oakland; the city boundary extends down the thalweg of Grass Valley Creek to the midpoint of the dam, placing about one-eighth of the water body's perimeter within Oakland. The majority of the reservoir is in the unincorporated community of Castro Valley. The lake and some of the surrounding land is owned by East Bay MUD and leased to the East Bay Regional Park District.
Lake Chabot, originally known as the San Leandro Reservoir, is a manmade lake that began construction in 1874. The main goal of this construction was to provide water to the East Bay region. Lake Temescal had previously been this water source, but was proven to be insufficient. Much of the physical labor was done by Chinese workers, who are now memorialized throughout the lake.
Lake Chabot is a 315 acre lake stocked with trout, catfish, bass, crappie, and others . People also go to Lake Chabot to see the wildflowers. There are hundreds of species of wildfowers surrounding Lake Chabot. While on walk one may even encounter deer, hummingbirds, and more.
There are multiple year-round fishing piers throughout the park, as well as a fitness zone, cafe, biking trails, hiking trails, golf courses and more.
The Lake Chabot Marina and Cafe has been described as having a "surprisingly delicious" menu. While the menu is small, it is said to pack a punch. Here you can find:
- Cookie assortments
- Hot Sandwiches
Hours and Address
The park is open Monday – Sunday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and located at 17600 Lake Chabot Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94546.