Shadow Cliffs Regional Park
Codornices Creek originates in the Berkeley hills and flows into San Francisco Bay near the Albany/Berkeley border. It is Berkeley’s most natural and free flowing stream and one of the few East Bay creeks to support a steelhead population.
Only one mile from downtown Pleasanton, Shadow Cliffs Regional Park—formerly a gravel quarry—today is a haven for swimming and fishing. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. Besides the main lake, the park features a chain of smaller lakes and ponds connected by an arroyo, where water birds may be sighted throughout the year.
Access point: 2500 Stanley Blvd, Pleasanton
Information and map: www.ebparks.org/parks/shadow_cliffs
Parking Fee: $6 per vehicle, $5 per trailered vehicle.
Activities: swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking, bird watching
Photo: John Krzesinski