Construction at Lake Chabot Affects Water Level and West Shore Trail


Two construction projects to stabilize the shoreline and improve access for everyone will require temporary closures to the West Shore Trail in Lake Chabot Regional Park from June through October.

“Although some people will experience inconvenience for a few weeks, many more people will be able to safely access and enjoy Lake Chabot recreational facilities after the projects are completed,” said Park Supervisor Joe Britton.

The Marina Café, Bait Shop and Marina will remain open during construction. Construction activities will be limited to the hours between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm Monday through Friday. All trail restrictions and closures will be posted on signs in the park and on the Park District’s web site at, and the Lake Chabot kiosk (510) 247-2529 will also have updated information.

The first project is scheduled to start June 18 and run through October 31, 2012. Crews will be repairing damage from shoreline erosion near the marina and improving the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) access path between the parking lot and the only ADA accessible fishing pier (first pier on the West Shore Trail).

The second project is scheduled to start in late August and also should be completed by October 31. This project will repave the majority of the West Shore Trail from the dam to the marina area.

“The Park District will make every effort to maintain maximum public access during the construction, but there will be temporary trail and facility closures,” said Britton.

Temporary impacts to hikers and bicyclists on the West Shore Trail will include reduced trail widths, 15-minute delays during construction activities, and limited complete trail closure.

“There is no detour to get around the West Shore Trail when it is closed, and we regret the inconvenience to our park users,” said Britton.

Boaters and fishermen will experience lowered lake water levels and limited access for launching personal boats.

“We will allow private boats to launch from the rental dock during this time, but not all boats will be able to navigate the gangway and rental dock area for launch.”

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco, with 112,000+ acres in 65 parks including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature study.

Carolyn Jones
(510) 544-2217