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2500 Stanley Boulevard
Pleasanton, CA 94566
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Phone Number
(510) 544-3230
Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4557

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Parking Fee
$6 per vehicle. $5 per trailered vehicle. Buses: $25/per bus.

Dog Fee
$2 per dog. Guide/service dogs free

Grazing Information
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Boat Launch Fee
See the Boating/Sailing page

Camping Reservations
No reservable campgrounds

Picnic Reservations
1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2

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EBRPD Headquarters
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Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area

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Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Aea

About The Park

Note: The boat rental facility, food concessions, and boat launch at Shadow Cliffs is CLOSED. The closure is due to very low water levels. The facilities will remain closed until further notice. 

A haven for swimming and fishing can be found at Shadow Cliffs, only a mile from downtown Pleasanton on Stanley Boulevard.

Shadow Cliffs, formerly a gravel quarry, was donated to the Park District by Kaiser Industries and opened as a park in 1971. Its assessed value of $250,000 was used to obtain a matching grant for development of the park from the U.S. Bureau of Outdoor Recreation.

With this start, the Park District has developed a 266-acre park including an 80-acre lake and ample parking and picnic grounds. There are facilities for persons with disabilities.

Besides the main lake, Shadow Cliffs has an arroyo with a chain of smaller lakes and ponds. No swimming or boating is allowed here; the shady areas and quiet waters make for a peaceful retreat on hot summer days.

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Park Activities

SwimmingShadow Cliffs

The swimming beach has a bathhouse and refreshment stand, open on weekends in spring and fall, and daily during summer months. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months, but swimming is allowed throughout the year in the designated area, at the swimmer's own risk. For lifeguard service schedule, visit the Swim Facilities page. Beach wheelchairs, intended to provide a means for wheelchair users to travel across the beach, are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Pets and glass containers are not allowed on the sand portion of the swim area. Swimming is not allowed in the arroyo areas.


Trout and catfish are planted weekly at Shadow Cliffs lake, and anglers can also try for bluegill and black bass. Fishing derbies are held annually. A Park District Daily Fishing Access Permit is required to fish in the lake. For details on fishing in the Park District, see the Fishing section of this site.


Visitors may launch their own boats; size limit is 17 feet and only electric motors are allowed. No jet skis or gas engines are permitted. Boat rentals are also available. See Boating and Sailing page for more information. Please note boating is not allowed in the Arroyo areas.


Reservable picnic areas are available. For reservations or information, call 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2. Please note that alcoholic beverages are not permitted at Shadow Cliffs.


Numerous waterbirds may be sighted throughout the year in the more secluded back lakes area of the park.

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ADA accessibility iconPark Accessibility

There are wheelchair accessible parking, trails, picnic tables and restrooms in the park. Beach wheelchairs, intended to provide a means for wheelchair users to travel across the beach, are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. They require an assistant to push and are not intended to enter the water. To arrange for use of a chair, call the Shadow Cliffs lifeguards at (925)484-1986. Arrangements will be made to bring the chair out to the beach. It takes approximately 15 minutes to prepare the chair. Staff will give a brief orientation to the chair and arrange a time for the chair to be returned. The bathhouse is also accessible to wheelchair users.

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To Reach The Park

From I-580 in Pleasanton: take the Santa Rita Road/Tassajara Road Exit and turn south, towards Pleasanton.  Continue southward on Santa Rita Road to the intersection of Santa Rita Road and Valley Avenue.  Turn Left onto Valley Avenue.  At the intersection of Valley Avenue and Stanley Boulevard, turn left onto Stanley Boulevard.  Proceed on Stanley Boulevard to the first stop light; the park entrance is on the right.

Public Transportation:

Livermore-Amador Valley Transit Authority WHEELS #10 (from the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station and downtown Livermore) stops at Shadow Cliffs daily. To confirm bus schedule: (925) 455-7500 or 511 (TDD (hearing impaired line)/TTY 800-448-9790; website:

Transit & Trails: Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area (transit, biking, and walking directions)

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