Description - Deep in a valley framed by oak-covered hills, with sailboats and sailboards skimming over its waters, Del Valle is like an alpine resort only 10 miles south of Livermore.
Copyright: - East Bay Regional Park District
East Beach at Del Valle
Centerpiece of the park is a lake five miles long with all kinds of water-oriented recreation, surrounded by 3,997 acres of beautiful land for hiking, horseback riding, and nature study. Del Valle also is the eastern gateway to the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, 28 miles of scenic back country trail.
- Del Valle offers a wide range of outdoor opportunities for both day and overnight guests. The nearly 4,000 acre park is ideal for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. There are two swimming beaches with lifeguards on duty during posted periods. Year-round swimming is allowed in much of the lake, at the swimmer's own risk. There is an abundance of landscaped picnic grounds, some of them reservable for large groups.
The Del Valle Family Campground has 150 sites, 21 of them with water and sewage hookups (no electrical). The sites are served by centrally located toilet and shower facilities. Reservations may be made up to 12 weeks in advance. There are also several reservable youth group campgrounds.
Lake Del Valle is known for excellent fishing. The lake is stocked regularly with trout and catfish. There are also large and smallmouth bass, striped bass, and panfish. The public may rent motorboats, patio boats, rowboats, canoes, and paddleboats at the marina area. Sailboards may be rented at the swim beach. Any size boat may be launched at the public boat ramp. The boat speed limit is 10 miles per hour on the entire lake. Park naturalists take visitors on scheduled natural and cultural history boat tours of the lake.
The Rocky Ridge Visitor Center on the lake's west side contains exhibits and information about the natural history of Del Valle and surrounding wilderness. Sunol interpretive staff presents nature activities, campfire programs, and lake ecology and history boat tours.
The park is open 8 AM - 10 PM. Fees apply to parking, dog admittance, and boat launching.
Recreation - Recreations in the area include swimming, hiking, horseback riding, Mountain biking, swimming, boating, and much 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.
Del Valle Regional Park is located on Del Valle Road off Mines Road south of Livermore. Exit Interstate 580 eastbound or westbound in Livermore at North Livermore Avenue. Head south and proceed through town (North Livermore Avenue will become South Livermore Avenue in town). About 1.5 miles outside town, turn right at Mines Road, go about 3.5 miles and continue straight on Del Valle Road (Mines Road turns left). The park entrance is about four miles ahead.