Shadow Cliffs Solar Panels Carports

Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area

Hours
Nov.-Feb. : 7am-5pm, Mar.-Apr.: 6am-7pm, May-Labor Day: 6am-9pm, After Labor Day-Oct.: 6am-7pm
Swim Hours & Fees: Swim beach is CLOSED. No Swimming Allowed.
Fees
Parking: $6 per vehicle. $5 per trailered vehicle. Buses: $25/per bus | Dogs: $2 per dog. Guide/service dogs free | Boating: Boating, kayaking & sailing fees
Address
2500 Stanley Boulevard Pleasanton, CA 94566
Phone
Shadow Cliffs: Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4557
Reservations: Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 2, extension 4557

Park Activities

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boating
Boating / Kayaking / Sailing
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Dogs Allowed
Dogs
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fishing
Fishing
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Hiking
Hiking
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Kid friendly
Kid-Friendly
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Picnicing
Picnicking
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swimming
Swimming

Water Quality Notice - Shadow Cliffs Lake

Shadow Cliffs swimming is CLOSED for the 2022 season due to low water levels. There are no cyanobacteria advisories at this time. See the Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae) Information page for additional details.

Swim Beach Conditions [PDF] | Monitoring Program |

Area Closure Notice - Shadow Cliffs - Updated on 4/26/2022

Swimming

  • Swim beach CLOSED due to low water levels. Swimming NOT permitted. Refreshment stand closed for 2022 season.

Fishing

Trail Closure Notice - Lake Trail - Updated on 4/26/2022

  • Lake Trail is CLOSED due to terrain damage

Note: The boat rentals and food concession are open seasonally, typically from late spring to early fall. Please contact the Park for more information.

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.

    Park News

    In 2017, solar panels were installed at Shadow Cliffs. The project includes solar panels that generate 1.2 megawatts of energy annually – enough to offset electricity use for almost the entire Park District – along with three electric-car charging stations, a new recycled water line, and planting of native trees. This new solar carport system also provides much-needed shade for the parking lots at Shadow Cliffs.

    To Reach The Park

    Park Accessibility

    Shadow Cliffs offers wheelchair accessible parking, trails, picnic tables and restrooms. A wheelchair accessible fishing pier is located near the boat launch and can be reached by paved trail. The bathhouse is also accessible to wheelchair users. 

    Beach wheelchairs, intended to provide a means for wheelchair users to travel across the beach, are available for free, 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. A staff member will 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.

    Attractions

    Swimming

    NOTICE: Swim beach CLOSED due to low water levels. Swimming NOT permitted. 

    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.

    Swim Facilities Capacity Notice
    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.

    Fishing

    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.

    Boating

    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 our Boating and Sailing page for more information and a schedule of fees. Please note boating is not allowed in the Arroyo areas.

    Picnicking

    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 .

    Birdwatching

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