Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area

 Swimming is CLOSED for the 2021 season due to low water levels.
Boat launch is CLOSED 
for the 2021 season due to low water levels.
No watercraft of any kind will be permitted to launch until further notice.
Please Help Keep Invasive Mussels Out of Our Water. 
» Read more about mandatory watercraft inspections and the Invasive Mussel. 

Other Closures
Until further notice, the Lake Trail is CLOSED due to terrain damage.
 Until further notice, portions of the lawn will be CLOSED to public use, due to annual turf maintenance.

Water Quality Notice
Conditions [PDF] Monitoring Program | Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae) Updates 

Park Info

2500 Stanley Boulevard
Pleasanton, CA 94566

Parking Fee
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

Park Curfew
   10pm - 5am

Park/Gate Hours
Nov.-Feb. : 7am-5pm
Mar.-Apr.: 6am-7pm
May-Labor Day: 6am-9pm
After Labor Day-Oct.: 6am-7pm

Swim Hours & Fees
NOTICE: Swim beach is CLOSED. No Swimming Allowed.

If parking and or swim capacity is reached, entrance gates may close for the day.
Swim Facilities Schedule

Phone Numbers
Shadow Cliffs
Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4557

Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 2, extension 4557

> Trail Map
> Park Map [PDF]

Shadow Cliffs Photo

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.

About The Park

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.

Wildflower Photo Guide

Park Calendar

Park Activities

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

SwimmingShadow Cliffs Swim Beach Photo

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.


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.


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.


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 .


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

ADA accessibility iconPark 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.

Trail Accessibility Reports

To Reach The Park

From I-580 in Pleasanton: take the Santa Rita Road/Tassajara Road Exit and turn south, towards Pleasanton.  Continue southward on Santa Rita Road to the intersection of Santa Rita Road and Valley Avenue.  Turn Left onto Valley Avenue.  At the intersection of Valley Avenue and Stanley Boulevard, turn left onto Stanley Boulevard.  Proceed on Stanley Boulevard to the first stop light; the park entrance is on the right.

Public Transportation:

Livermore-Amador Valley Transit Authority WHEELS #10 (from the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station and downtown Livermore) stops at Shadow Cliffs daily. To confirm bus schedule: (925) 455-7500 or 511 (TDD (hearing impaired line)/TTY 800-448-9790; website: 

Trail Map

Click the map image below to see an enlarged version.

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Maps are available at most of the bulletin boards at trail-heads in the park, or you can print your own.


Sunday, November 14, 2021

1:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Beeswax Beauty

Monday, November 15, 2021

10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Lakeside Littles

10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Lakeside Littles

Monday, December 20, 2021

10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Lakeside Littles