Park Gate Hours: Jan.: 7am-6pm, Feb.: 7am-6pm, Mar.: 6am-7pm, Apr.: 6am-8pm, May-Labor Day: 6am-9pm, After Labor Day-Sep. 30: 6am-8pm, Oct.: 6am-7pm, Nov.: 7am-6pm, Dec.: 7am-6pm
Del Valle Visitor Center Hours: Open Saturday, Sunday, and most holidays, 9:30am to 3pm. Closed all other days including Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Del Valle Visitor Center: (510) 544-3146
Marina: (925) 449-5201
Deep in a valley framed by oak-covered hills, with sailboats and sailboards skimming over its waters, Del Valle is like a lakeside resort only 10 miles south of Livermore.
The centerpiece of the park is a lake five miles long with a variety of water-oriented recreation, from swimming to windsurfing and boating, surrounded by 4,395 acres of beautiful land for hiking, horseback riding, and nature study. Del Valle also is the eastern gateway to the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, 28 miles of scenic back-country trail.
To Reach The Park
All bathroom buildings and many water fountains are wheelchair accessible. The family campground has two wheelchair accessible campsites. Paved and gently sloped paths include portions of the Westshore and Eastshore trails.
The Del Valle Visitor Center is open weekends 9:30am – 3pm. The visitor center is on the lake's west side and contains exhibits and information about the natural history of Del Valle and surrounding wilderness. Campers and park visitors are encouraged to visit and talk with naturalists and student aides about the park and the lake and to take part in the exciting programs happening year round.
Del Valle offers two swimming beaches with lifeguards on duty during posted periods. To see the lifeguard service schedule, visit the Swim Facilities page.
There is an abundance of landscaped picnic grounds, some with groups of picnic tables that are reserveable for large groups. To make a group picnic reservation, call 1-888-EBPARKS or (888) 327-2757, and press option 2.
Family Campground: The Del Valle Family Campground has 150 sites (two accessible), 21 of them with water and sewage, and electrical hook-ups (120 volt, 50 and 30 amp). The sites are served by centrally located toilets and shower facilities. For reservations up to 12 weeks in advance, telephone 1-888-EBPARKS or (888) 327-2757, and press option 2. Book a Del Valle Regional Park campsite online. All campers with watercraft must go through a boat inspection prior to checking into the campground.
Group camps: There are several group campsites for groups of 11 people or more, available by phone reservation only at least 5 business days in advance at 1-888-EBPARKS or (888) 327-2757, and press option 2. All campers with watercraft must go through a boat inspection prior to checking into the campground.
Equestrian camps: The Little Chaparral horse camp area has 4 small paddocks. The reservation of one paddock includes space for 1-2 horses, 4 people maximum, and parking for one trailer and rig only. Equestrian groups should reserve the Caballo Loco equestrian group camp as Little Chaparral is not designed for group use. Please note that horses are not allowed in developed areas of the park. To reserve, call 1-888-EBPARKS or (888) 327-2757, and press option 2.
Lake Del Valle is known for excellent fishing. The lake is stocked regularly with trout and catfish. There are also large- and smallmouth bass, striped bass, and panfish. Visit the Fishing section for more information.
Boat Rental and Launching
Boat launch fees are $5 per day for a trailered boat, $3 per day for a car-top, and $2 per day per windsurf board and paddle boards. For information on mandatory boat inspection for invasive mussels, see our Invasive Mussel Program page.
The public may rent motorboats, patio boats, pedal boats, and canoes at the East Beach marina area. Kayaks can be rented at the Kayak Center at the east beach. Any size boat may be launched at the public boat ramp. For more information and a schedule of fees, see our Boating and Sailing page. The boat speed limit is 10 miles per hour on the entire lake.
Interpretive staff accompany visitors on scheduled natural and cultural history boat tours of the lake. Call the Del Valle Visitor Center at (510) 544-3146 for information.