LIVERMORE -- Spend the afternoon trying to hook a trout or catfish, paddle a kayak or a canoe, take a windsurfing lesson, hike the hillsides or just relax along the shore and enjoy a cool swim. All of these are waiting and available to visitors to Del Valle Regional Park, which sits just minutes south of Livermore.
Nestled in a valley surrounded by hills shaded by oak trees, the park (4,300 acres) surrounds a 5-mile-long lake. At the east (main) entrance is the Rocky Ridge Visitors Center, where the park's history and habitat are highlighted in exhibits. The lake was "built" in 1968 as part of the South Bay Aqueduct Project. At the visitors center, sign up for a tours by the park naturalists.
Boat rentals are available at the lake, and there is a public boat launch available for all types of boats; however, personal watercraft (such as jet skis) are not allowed on the lake and the powerboat speed limit is strictly enforced at 10 miles per hour allowing for a smoother ride for the wind-surfers and sailboats.
A day at Del Valle is a joy, with swimming, picnicking, boating, hiking and fishing all wrapped up with lots of relaxation.
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WHAT: Del Valle Regional Park (7000 Del Valle Road, 10 miles south of
Livermore); open daily 6 a.m.-9 p.m. ($6 per vehicle entrance fee)
GETTING THERE: Take Interstate 580 over the Altamont. Near Livermore, go
south (left) on Greenfield or Vasco roads. At Tesla Road, go right (west). At Mines Road, go left (south) to Del Valle Road. Veer right and follow this road to the park (Drive time from Modesto: 66 minutes)
MORE INFORMATION: East Bay Regional Park District, 888-327-2757 or
Contact Bee assistant librarian Karen Aiello at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2392.