Description - Welcome to Coyote Lake County Park. The 796-acre park, which features a 635-acre lake, provides camping and boat launch facilities nestled in the Mount Hamilton Range.
Copyright: - Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Dept.
Coyote Lake County Park provides a fun-filled getaway for power boaters, anglers, hikers and others
- Coyote Lake, a 3-mile long, 635-surface acre reservoir, provides opportunities for power and non-power boating and fishing. The boat launch ramp is located 1 mile north of the visitor center. Santa Clara County Reservoir fuel regulations apply. Shoreline picnic areas are provided along the western shore of the lake. Barbecue facilities are provided in the southern half of the park. Over 75 first-come, first-served picnic tables are available year-round. The Lakeview Campground provides 64 reservable campsites with two restroom facilities, fresh tapwater and firepit barbecues. One campsite is dedicated to wheelchair access. The reservoir is stocked with trout and contains unstocked populations of bluegill, crappie and bass. See Contact Information for camping reservation phone number. Two hiking trails are available along the lakeshore. The park visitor center and ranger station, located near the park entrance kiosk, features a display on local wildlife and Ohlone Indian culture.
Many of the park's facilities meet those standards established by the Americans with Disabilities Act. For other specific information or special accommodations, contact the park office.
Vehicle entry fees are collected all year. Fees are required for camping. Fees are also required for boating. Fees are posted at the entrance kiosk.
Recreation - A variety water sports, camping opportunities, day hikes, and picnic destinations await at Coyote Lake County Park.
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.
Coyote Lake County Park is located off Gilroy Hot Springs Road in the Mount Hamilton Range foothills, east of Highway 101. To reach the park, take Highway 101 to Gilroy. Take the Leavesley Road exit. Follow Leavesley Road east 1.75 miles to New Avenue. Turn left onto New Avenue and proceed north for 0.6 miles to Roop Road. Turn right onto Roop Road. Roop Road eventually turns into Gilroy Hot Springs Road. The park entrance is approximately 3 miles from New Avenue. Turn left onto Coyote Reservoir Road, the park visitor center / ranger station is about 1 mile from Roop Road.