What can I do in the watershed?

There are a number of activities at nearly 20,000 acre Los Vaqueros Watershed.  

Of course, there's fishing on the shore or from one of our electric boats. There is fishing access on both sides of the reservoir, though the Marina and boat rentals are on the south side near Livermore. 


There are more than 55 miles of challenging -- that is hilly -- trails within the watershed.  Here's a trail map.  We've outlined  five loop trails in our LV Trail Guides.


The John Muir Interpretive Center has exhibits on the history and culture of the watershed.  It's open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  on weekends. 


We have regular activities at the watershed in the fall, winter and spring months ranging from hikes to "star" nights to see planets and stars. 


Every October we have the Los Vaquero Tarantula Run, a challenging 5K. 10K and half-marathon. 


You can bring your horse or mountain bike out to Los Vaqueros, there are 12 miles of mutli-use trails.  The trail heads for these trails are all on the north side of the watershed, near Brentwood.

Watershed Activities page.

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1. What is the general layout of the watershed?
2. When is Los Vaqueros open?
3. What are the hours for the John Muir Interpretive Center at Los Vaqueros?
4. Are there any parking fees?
5. How much does it cost to fish?
6. Can I bring my dog?
7. What is the weather like?
8. Can I get hot food and snacks at Los Vaqueros?
9. What can I do in the watershed?
10. Is swimming allowed in the reservoir?
11. Can I barbeque in the watershed?
12. Will I be able to launch my boat in the reservoir?
13. How can I get more information?