Lafayette ReservoirLafayette Reservoir Kayak, Canoe, & Kayak Fishing Information
Lafayette Reservoir offers some of the finest paddling opportunities in Contra Costa County. To prevent the destructive mussels from potentially shutting down the water delivery system, EBMUD will severely restrict boating on its reservoirs. It will turn away all boats from outside of California, southern California and those from nearby San Benito and Santa Clara counties.
NOTE If your vessel is coming from an area
of high risk it will not be allowed to launch in
EBMUD reservoirs. Vessels will fail the vessel
history survey and not be allowed to launch for the
• The vessel comes from a high risk area. High risk areas are defined as the general areas where positive identification of one of the mussel species has been documented. At this time, this includes all counties of Southern California and all vessels from outside of California. County of origin is determined by vessel registration documents.
• Vessels having been launched on waters in the high risk areas (see above) within the past 30 days will also not be allowed to launch.
• Boat operator fails to comply with any aspect of the inspection process.
Kayak Fishing: Kayak fishing is allowed at Lafayette Reservoir. The State Department of Fish and Game plants 40,000 trout each year. In addition, there are outstanding fishing opportunities for bluegill, black bass, black crappie and several kinds of catfish. CAUTION: Elevated levels of mercury and PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls) have been detected in fish caught here.
Open: The reservoir is open daily all year for boating, from sunrise to one-half hour before sunset. Only electric motors are allowed. The boat speed limit is 5 m.p.h.
Fees: There is a day use fee, and a boat registration fee. The campground charges a fee to camp.
Reservoir Facilities: There is fishing, sailing, bicycling, self-guided hiking trails, a visitors center, picnic tables, flush toilets, water, car top boats and boat rentals. No body water contact. Windsurfing, swimming, SUP boarding, jet and waterskiing are not permitted.