There are no freeway billboards or flashy roadside signs advertising Lake Del Valle. In fact, some longtime locals have yet to explore this nearby nature-lover’s paradise, which is conveniently located just minutes outside of Downtown Livermore. Regardless, for the visitors that do make the trek to this secluded sanctuary (and don’t mind going without cell service while they’re there), it’s almost guaranteed they’ll be back for a repeat visit.
Whether you’ve been before or you’re planning your first outing there, check out what we think are the top 10 things to do while visiting Del Valle Regional Park.
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Luckily for all you skippers out there, Lake Del Valle is extremely boat-friendly. Bring your own boat (launching fees apply) or select from a variety of rental vessels at the marina. Pick from the fleet of paddle boats, motorboats, pontoons. Boat rentals are first come first serve, and they go quickly, so make sure to get to the marina early to secure your spot!
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Lake Del Valle features two swimming beaches on opposite sides of the lake (east & west) with life guards on duty during busy summer months. That said, visitors are welcome swim at their own risk year-round anywhere north of the boat ramp. Pro-tip: bring a floatie and some friends!
Lake Del Valle is known as an angler’s paradise for its abundance and accessibility. Outside of the lake being regularly stocked with catfish and trout, it also hosts native species such as large and smallmouth bass, striped bass, and panfish. Anglers 16+ years of age are required to purchase a District fishing access permit in addition to having a valid State Fishing license.
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With virtually zero light pollution for up to 100 miles south of Del Valle Regional Park, visitors with their keys to the sky can spot star clusters, nebulae, and based on the time of the year, even Jupiter!
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Lake Del Valle doesn’t usually have an aggressive wake, which makes it great place to try your hand at certain water sports like windsurfing and stand-up paddle boarding. If you don’t own your own gear, rent a stand up paddle board, kayak, or windsurf from the rental stand on the swimming beach closest to the marina.
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Boasting miles of rolling hills, steep ridges, and gorgeous lakeside views, Del Valle Regional Park is home to both scenic strolls and challenging hikes. Share the trail with resident cows, equestrians, mountain bikers, and other explorers like you.
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Boasting miles of rolling hills, steep ridges, and gorgeous lakeside views, Del Valle is home to both scenic strolls and challenging hikes. Share the trail with resident cows, equestrians, mountain bikers, and other explorers like you.
The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) works year-round to maintain a sustainable habitat for the plethora of wildlife that calls Del Valle Regional Park home. However, even the most devout nature enthusiasts aren’t always aware that one of the nation’s largest communities of Golden Eagles live in the nearby outskirts of the park. In fact, even Bald Eagles have nested and made appearances at this popular East Bay recreational space every year since 2003.
Visitors are welcome to pack a picnic and set up at any of their picnic tables with accompanying BBQ’s. Picnic tables are first come first serve, so make sure to get there early to snag a spot. Take your pick from the many tables that line the lake’s shores, or bring a blanket to settle down on the beach or one of the large lawn areas.
At certain times of the year, visitors are invited to tour the lake via boat with a naturalist staff member. Learn about the lake’s history and wildlife all while soaking in gorgeous views from every direction. Check EBRPD’s website to find out when the next round of boat tours are and other hosted park activities to participate in.