Alameda Creek Regional Trail, Fremont
Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area, Castro Valley
Don Castro Regional Recreation Area, Hayward
Lake Elizabeth, Fremont
Lake Elizabeth in Fremont’s Central Park is the perfect park to spend time with friends and family. It’s one of the best spots in the East Bay for boating—they rent kayaks and boats throughout the year! This recreational reservoir also has fishing, play fields, picnicking, and a great dog park.
Lake Elizabeth provides flood protection by retaining stormwater flow from upstream hills then releasing water into downstream flood control channels at a measured rate.
Lake Merritt, Oakland
Located by Downtown Oakland between Lakeshore Drive and Grand Avenue, Lake Merritt is a true city landmark. The Lake is a destination for those looking to relax on the lawn or walk around the lake’s 3.5-mile perimeter.
The Lake is home to a variety of migratory and native birds, fish, clams, and even the occasional otter. Several flood control channels run into the lake, which is monitored by the District to control drainage.
Please note that Lake Merritt does not allow public swimming, but boats and kayaks available for rent on the Lakeside Drive (West) side of the lake.
Annual Open House at Tule Ponds, Tyson Lagoon, Fremont
Thanks to the District’s Tule Ponds project, what used to be a polluted natural depression in a busy residential area is now a thriving wetland with a series of natural ponds. This area provides the growing neighborhood near the Fremont BART station with improved stormwater treatment and a new natural habitat for wildlife. Once a year, Tule Ponds opens its doors to the general public. Tours of the grounds are provided for visitors to learn about the ponds’ pollution and flood control properties and to view natural settings for native plants and wetland creatures. To schedule an educational trip to tule ponds or to participate in community service at this park, please visit teachers & students.
Sabercat Creek Trail, Fremont
Sabercat Creek Trail winds between the grassy, oak-dotted hills of Fremont. The trail is an important home to many natural species that are vital to the area’s ecosystem.
The District partnered with a coalition of city and park agencies to restore the unique two-mile Sabercat Creek Trail in Fremont. Sabercat Creek Trail runs through a former archaeological dig site where thousands of fossils dating back about 1.8 million years have been collected—including mammoths, saber-toothed cats, wolves, giant sloths, and cave bears.
Bank erosion was so severe along Sabercat Creek that parts of the creekside trail had crumbled. The District helped stabilize the creek banks, restore the trail, provide a picnic area, install a fence to keep out cattle, and plant native vegetation.
San Lorenzo Creek Trail, Hayward
San Lorenzo Creek is one of western Alameda County’s primary waterways. In 2005, the District undertook protective measures to stabilize creek banks and retaining walls along a stretch of the creek between Foothill Boulevard and Sixth Street in Hayward.
Today, visitors can walk along the trail located near City Center Drive in downtown Hayward. The trail includes staircases and overlooks; plenty of native plants; interpretive signs along the trail that tell the story of the area’s history and the importance of the creek as a flood control channel.