Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area

Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area


Swim Facility Hours: 
Closed for the Season

Parking Lot Hours: 
Mar to Nov: 8am-10pm 
Dec to Feb: 8am-8pm

Park Curfew: 
Park is closed from 10pm-5am unless otherwise posted or permitted.


No Parking Fee
No Dog Fee



18825 Cull Canyon Rd. Castro Valley, CA 94552


Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 3076

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Trail Closure for Improvement Projects

The Chabot to Garin Trail - from the Columbia Dr. Staging Area through Bellhurst Ln. Meadow Staging Area will be closed for several major improvement projects from November 1 through December 31, 2023. The Small Trails Department, in collaboration with the Civicorps, will be carrying out several projects including the rebuilding of retaining walls, tread repairs and brush work.


This popular Castro Valley swim complex is only a short drive north from Interstate 580 on Cull Canyon Road in Castro Valley.

The lagoon won the 1966 Governor's Design Award for Exceptional Distinction for Recreational Development in the category of landscape.

When the swim area was constructed, a secondary dam was built to provide an inner swimming area complete with a sandy beach. Never previously tried, this innovation made the swim area water level independent of the reservoir's, unaffected by summer draw-downs. The reservoir no longer exists south of the swim area.

Swim Facilities Capacity Notice
Due to the popularity of swimming at Cull Canyon, the swim facility reaches capacity very early on weekends and Holidays. Once the swim facility capacity is reached, there will be no new entries allowed for the remainder of the day (or at the discretion of the Park Supervisor), for the safety of the public. Please take this into consideration when planning your visit.

To Reach The Park


NOTE: No alcohol, glass containers, or portable bbq’s allowed in the swim lagoon area.


There are several reservable picnic areas outside the swim complex. For information, call 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2.
It is strongly recommended that visitors make a picnic reservation for Weekends and Holidays. Any group of 30 or more people must make a reservation, any day of the week.


Cull Canyon is also on the Chabot-to-Garin Regional Trail, which is being developed between the two parks. The trail runs along Cull Canyon Rd, starting at Heyer Avenue, and drops down toward Cull Creek, paralleling Alameda County Flood Control property. It continues through Cull Canyon Regional Recreation area then heads north for six miles into East Bay Municipal Utility District property to EBMUD's Chabot Staging Area on Redwood Road (an EBMUD hiking permit is required for this section). From there the Willow View Trail leads into Anthony Chabot Regional Park.

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