Its beautiful fishing lake and marina, its year-round public campground, a marksmanship range, and miles of hiking and riding trails make Chabot one of the District's most varied parklands. Visitors can explore miles of beautiful hiking, riding, and bicycling trails through grasslands, chaparral, and shady eucalyptus groves or along the shores of the lake. The East Bay Skyline National Trail, which traverses 31 miles of East Bay hills from Richmond to Castro Valley, runs the length of the park. Chabot is connected to Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area by a six-mile section of the Chabot-to-Garin Regional Trail.
Nearby on Redwood Road is the District's 18-hole Willow Park Golf Course and restaurant with bar, snack bar, and cart rental. The flat course has tight fairways with a creek and ample wildlife. Hours of operation are 7 AM to 6:30 PM. See Contact Information for phone number.
Anthony Chabot Regional Park is open from 7 AM to 10 PM. Parking fee and dog fee apply.
- Attractions at Anthony Chabot Regional Park include the 315-acre lake, which is open for fishing and boating throughout the year.
Overlooking the lake is Chabot Family Campground, a year-round getaway only minutes from the city (camping fee). The camp has 75 trailer, tent, or walk-in campsites, hot showers, naturalist-led campfire programs, an amphitheater, and hiking / fishing access to Lake Chabot. There are reservable youth group campsites within the park as well. See Contact Information for reservation phone number.
The marksmanship range, operated by the Chabot Gun Club, is open to the general public, including disabled persons. It has pistol, rifle, and shotgun ranges, and offers a hunter safety course. This is the only District facility where firearms are allowed. The facility is open Fridays through Mondays. The range is located in the park off Marciel Road; take the Marciel Gate entrance off Redwood Road. See link to the Chabot Gun Club website
Recreation - Visitors to Anthony Chabot enjoy horseback riding, hiking, golf, fishing, boating, camping, target practice, and more.
Climate - Climate in the San Francisco Bay area varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.
There are several access points to Anthony Chabot Regional Park on Redwood Road in Oakland. From Interstate 580 westbound in Castro Valley, take the Castro Valley exit and turn left at Castro Valley Boulevard. At Redwood Road, turn right. (From I-580 eastbound, take the Redwood Road exit and turn left at Redwood.) After about two miles on Redwood you will first come to Willow Park Golf Course, then Proctor Staging Area, both on the left. Another few miles will bring you to Marciel Gate at Marciel Road. This is a hiking and equestrian staging area, and Marciel Road leads to a group camping area, the marksmanship range, and the Chabot Family Campground, which is also the home of evening campfire programs held in the summer; non-campers are welcome. Farther along Redwood Road you will find Bort Meadow Staging Area. After another few miles you will reach Redwood Regional Park's Redwood Gate on the right, just past Pinehurst Road. Anthony Chabot's MacDonald Gate and Big Bear Gate staging areas are farther along Redwood Road on the left. Finally, the Skyline Ranch Equestrian Facility will be on the left just before Redwood's intersection with Skyline Boulevard in Oakland