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.
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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. Here's a Google Map that can help you make your way 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.
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.
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, which is located above the Marina, dogs are allowed.
The weather is often very different from the surrounding areas, very hot and windy in the summer and very cold in the winter. Here is the current weather at LV and the forecast from nearby Livermore Airport, which is very close to LV's weather.
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.
You can call the Marina at 925-371-2628.