Visit Our Scenic Properties
The spectacular beauty of the San Francisco Bay Region is best enjoyed outdoors. The East Bay has many stunning destinations to explore.
The District owns and maintains a number of properties and facilities that are open to the public for recreation and enjoyment. The District partners with the East Bay Regional Park District, city governments, and community groups to ensure that select parks, lakes, and trails are managed and maintained for public enjoyment.
Here are a few that we hope you’ll visit! Please remember: District properties and facilities other than the parks, lakes, and trails listed below do not allow public access without a permit issued by the District.
Parks & Lakes
Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area, Castro Valley
Nestled in the hills of Castro Valley, Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area is the perfect spot to swim with the family on a hot summer day. This location offers sandy beaches, shaded areas to picnic, barbeque pits, fishing spots, and hiking trails that connect Cull Canyon to the Chabot-to-Garin Regional Trail.
Cull Canyon Reservoir serves as an important flood control location because it captures water from Cull Creek and its tributaries and tames the flow before it enters San Lorenzo Creek.
See more information about the District’s latest projects at Cull Canyon Reservoir.
Don Castro Regional Recreation Area, Hayward
A sprawling 101-acre park between Hayward and Castro Valley, Don Castro Regional Recreation Area offers year-round fishing, picnic areas, and trails with access to the Bay Area Ridge Trail, the Chabot-to-Grain Trail, and others. A swimming lagoon is open during limited hours in the summer.
Don Castro Reservoir receives water from Eden Creek, Hollis Creek, Palomares Creek, and other unnamed tributaries and holds it before the water flows into San Lorenzo Creek.
See more information about the District’s latest projects at Don Castro Reservoir.
Lake Elizabeth, Fremont
Lake Elizabeth is a recreational reservoir with boating, fishing, play fields, and picnicking. It is maintained by the city of Fremont. The lake, which has undergone major silt removal, provides flood protection by retaining stormwater flow from upstream hills then releasing water into downstream flood control channels at a measured rate.
Watch the Lake Elizabeth Park Webcam.
Lake Merritt, Oakland
Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland is a city landmark and a destination for many community events and recreational opportunities. Follow the nearly 3.5 mile-long path around the lake to see a variety of migratory and native birds. Several flood control channels convey water into the lake, which is monitored by the District to control drainage.
Annual Open House at Tule Ponds, Tyson Lagoon, Fremont
The District’s Tule Ponds Project in Fremont converted a polluted natural depression located in a busy residential area into a series of natural ponds and wetlands. This area provides the growing neighborhood near the Fremont BART station with improved stormwater treatment and a new natural habitat.
Once a year, the 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 the Tule Ponds, or participate in community service at this location, please visit Teachers & Students.
Alameda Creek Regional Trail, Fremont
This scenic trail follows the banks of Alameda Creek and stretches 12 miles from Niles Canyon to San Francisco Bay. The trail also provides access to Coyote Hills Regional Park. The trail is situated on top of the levees that line Alameda Creek and doubles as an access road for District maintenance of the creek. Parts of the trails are open for horseback riding and bicycling.
Sabercat Creek Trail, Fremont
Since 2011, the Sabercat Creek Project has been underway, and with $2.2 in total funding from the Resource Agency California River Parkway Program, the Clean Water Protection Fee, and the Alameda County Flood Control District, the improvements continue today. This effort provides critical creek and habitat restoration, reduces erosion, improves public and pedestrian access, and improves trails along Sabercat Creek. The Sabercat Trail will ultimately be connected with the Bay Area Ridge Trail.
San Lorenzo Creek Trail, Hayward
(Near City Center Drive, from Foothill Boulevard north above Second Street)
Completed in 2008, the creekside trail along San Lorenzo Creek near City Center Drive in downtown Hayward was a collaborative restoration effort between the District and other partners. Visitors can now access peaceful views of the creek by using staircases and overlooks. Interpretive signs along the trail explain the area’s history and the importance of this creek as a flood control channel. Native plants have restored the creek’s national wildlife habitat. Ultimately, this creekside trail may be part of a 12-mile-long pedestrian and bike path linking San Francisco Bay to the Hayward Hills ridge trails.
Castro Valley Creek Trail & Play Area, Castro Valley
This beautiful stretch of Castro Valley Creek near Norbridge Avenue and Redwood Road was once covered by an asphalt parking lot! This 900-foot trail next door to the new Castro Valley Library is part of a larger project to provide great flood protection in this area. This trail includes interpretive signs that explain the creek’s restoration, benches, a small amphitheater, and a tot playground built by the Hayward Area Recreation & Park District.
Hayward Regional Shoreline Park, Hayward
Spanning more than 1,800 acres, Hayward Regional Shoreline consists of salt, fresh, and brackish water marshes; seasonal wetlands; and five miles of graveled public trails. This stretch of shoreline is prime for hiking, biking, bird-watching, and picnics. With a California state fishing license, you can enjoy fishing from the levees (except those located in marsh areas). Please note that dogs are not allowed south of Winton Avenue to protect nesting and feeding wildlife.
Eden Landing Salt Ponds & Ecological Reserve, Alameda County
Comprising more than 5,000 acres in Hayward and Union City, this reserve was formerly industrial salt ponds and now serves as a low-salinity waterbird habitat. Approximately 5,000 pounds of debris have been removed over the course of this restoration project, and three salt pond levees have been breached to allow bay water to reenter and begin the restoration process. This effort is part of the the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, which is the largest salt pond restoration project on the west coast. The Oliver Salt Company was a saltworks facility located in Hayward and produced salt by evaporation from San Francisco Bay. The remains of this facility are located within the reserve.