Description - Welcome to Anderson Lake County Park, site of Santa Clara County's largest reservoir. The 2,365-acre Anderson Park also features the Coyote Creek Parkway multiple use trails, the Jackson Ranch historic park site, the Moses L. Rosendin Park, and the Burnett Park area. This unique combination of recreational resources make Anderson Lake County Park a magnet for power boat enthusiasts, bicyclists, equestrians, picnickers, and nature lovers.
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A bevy of recreations wait at scenic Anderson Lake
- Anderson Reservoir, a 7-mile long, 1,250 surface acre lake, provides opportunities for power and non-power boating and fishing. Personal watercraft (jet-skis) are not allowed. Shoreline picnic and barbecue facilities are provided at the Woodchopper's picnic area, which can be accessed by boat or vehicle at the south end of the lake. First-come, first-served family picnic areas are available all year along Coyote Creek below Anderson Dam. Two group picnic areas are available by reservation. Fishing is permitted year-round in Anderson Lake, and during fishing season in Coyote Creek (April - November).
Hikers, runners, bicyclists, and skaters can enjoy the multiple use paved trail which follows Coyote Creek north for 15 miles to Coyote Hellyer County Park. This asphalt path is relatively flat and meanders along the creek underneath oak, cottonwood and sycamore trees. An equestrian staging area with trailer parking, picnic facilities, and a horse trough heads the 8-mile horse trail which begins at Burnett Avenue and runs north along the Coyote Creek generally parallel to the paved trail. Rest areas and emergency call boxes are provided, but water is not available.
A 1-mile self-guided nature trail is also located along Coyote Creek and provides insight to the riparian habitat used by the abundant wildlife in the area. The trail runs along the creek between Malaguerra and Burnett Avenues. Trail guides are located at both ends of the trail.
The majority of the park's facilities meet those standards established by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The nature trail has interpretive signs in Braille, and audiocassette narrative is available. For other specific information or special accommodations, contact the park office.
The park is open year-round from 8 AM until sunset. Lake use fees are collected daily. Vehicle entry fees are collected at the Anderson Dam year-round. Fees are also required for group picnic reservations. Launch and entry fees are posted at the Dam entrance.
Recreation - Visitors to Anderson Lake County Park enjoy trail use, boating, fishing, picnicking, and nature study.
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.
Anderson Lake and the picnic areas along the Coyote Creek are located on Cochrane Road in Morgan Hill, east of Highway 101. To reach the Woodchopper's picnic area or the Jackson Ranch, follow Dunne Avenue east from Highway 101. The Coyote Creek Parkway multiple use trails can be reached by following Cochrane Road west from Highway 101 to Monterey Road. Turn right onto Monterey Road and after approximately one mile, turn right (east) onto Burnett Avenue to the trailhead.