No. Dogs and other pets are not allowed in the Los Vaqueros Watershed. This protects the multitude of small animals, some of which are endangered, that live in this protected watershed environment. Many of these endangered animals are easily disrupted by both the presence and scent of dogs. This rule also protects public safety and water quality. The Round Valley Regional Preserve, which borders Los Vaqueros, is also under this rule. At Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, which is located above the Marina, dogs are allowed.
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The watershed has two entrances. There is a north entrance on Walnut Boulevard near Brentwood and a south entrance off of Vasco Road near Livermore. See Directions to Los Vaqueros.
September 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.October 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.Nov. - Feb. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.March 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.April-August 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Parking fees are $6 for the general public, $5 for seniors, and $4 for those who live in the Contra Costa Water District Service Area. See more detailed information about Fees.
There is a $6 per person daily permit fee for fishing. Entry booths to the watershed are staffed daily.In the event the booths are not staffed, visitors entitled to a discounted parking fee will need to pay at the Watershed Office in the North End near Brentwood, or the Marina.
The weather is often very different from the surrounding areas, very hot and windy in the summer and very cold in the winter. View weather conditions or call the Marina at 925-371-2628.
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Barbecues are provided in the picnic areas, but no other barbecues are allowed. In summer months, be sure to check the fire warning levels. Very High, Extreme and Red Flag alert levels all prohibit barbecues.
No, there are no outside boats allowed on the reservoir. There are 16-foot and patio electric boat rentals available.
Call the Marina at 925-371-2628.