Lake Chabot 50th Anniversary Celebration Held in Summer 2016


The East Bay Regional Park District invited the public to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lake Chabot Regional Park with a free festival Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the lake. The festival – and fishing derby kick-off – was held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 17600 Lake Chabot Road in Castro Valley. A fishing derby began at 7 a.m.

The East Bay Regional Park District opened Lake Chabot Regional Park to the public on June 18, 1966, after securing an agreement with the East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD), which owns and operates the reservoir. The opening day fishing derby was met with enthusiasm by thousands of eager anglers who had been waiting for years to fish in the lake.

Park District board member Dennis Waespi grew up in Castro Valley and has been a park regular for years. “Lake Chabot has always been very close to my heart.  The park is a tremendous asset to the community.  It’s a great place to get outdoors, hike, boat, fish, and picnic,” said Waespi.

The festival featured a day of family-friendly fun, including the fishing derby kick-off (with a contest and prizes), a kids’ fishing area, fishing clinics and demos, paddle boat races, lake tours on the Chabot Queen, nature hikes, the EBRPD mobile fish exhibit, entertainment, exhibits, a BBQ and more.

Park admission was free this day, and so were the lake tours (while tickets last). There was even  loaner fishing gear available for the kids, thanks to Let’s Go Fishing Productions. The entertainment included classic rock tribute band TinMan, on stage from noon to 2:30 p.m .

Visitors also had the opportunity to support the Regional Parks Foundation by purchasing derby tickets, T-shirts, and a special "Kick-Back Ale" from Drake's Brewing Company.

The event was sponsored by the East Bay Regional Park District, the Regional Parks Foundation, the California Parks Company, and the Lake Chabot Marina & Café.


Lake Chabot 50th Event Photo 1
Event attendees learn about ecology from the District's naturalists at the Mobile Visitor Center.
Photo: Allan Mendez

 Lake Chabot 50th Event Photo 2
Anglers line up to try their hand at the fishing derby. Photo: Allan Mendez

 Lake Chabot 50th Event Photo 3
A youngster receives expert coaching from a volunteer during the kids' fishing event. 
Photo: Allan Mendez

 Lake Chabot 50th Event Photo 4
A tasty treat featuring the event logo. Photo: Park Supervisor Tamie Andrews/EBRPD

Isa Polt-Jones
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