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:

Parking Fee: $6 per vehicle, $5 per trailered vehicle.

Activities: swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking, bird watching

Photo: John Krzesinski

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