What makes Lake Chabot one of the best kept secrets in the Bay Area?
Even though Lake Chabot won 7th place in America’s Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat & Fish by TakeMeFishing.org, it’s still one of the best kept secrets in the bay area.
Tucked away in the suburb of Castro Valley, Lake Chabot is only 45 minutes away from San Francisco. This scenic destination boasts over a dozen hiking and biking trails, trophy sized fish, boat rentals, bay area kayak tours and a picturesque eating area at the surprisingly delicious cafe – the perfect place to cool down and refuel after a fun-filled day.
Lake Chabot – Bay Area’s Best Bass Fishing Lake
This LARGEMOUTH MONSTER weighing in at a hearty 16.6 lbs. was carefully caught and released (yes, released) by Ian Cornelius of Castro Valley on September 14, 2015. Cornelius reported it was caught near Alder Point using roboworms. A half pound shy of the lake record, this is one of the biggest bass caught here at Lake Chabot in over 10 years. Our current lake record is held by Louis Vasquez from 2002 for a bass weighing in at 17 lbs.
This is some of the best bass fishing we’ve seen. Bass fishing has been steady for the last several weeks with some bass anglers catching and releasing good numbers.
Come and fish Lake Chabot today!
Lake Chabot Cafe – Now Open!
The cafe has made to order food that’s fresh and unique. You can also find burgers, box lunches, smoothies, ice cream, soft serve and multiple picnic areas.
Click here to pre-order your Lake Chabot box lunch. (Select calendar date first)
Not hungry? Run over to the Fitness Zone, a modern exercise playground to burn some calories. Or take a kayak tour around the lake. It’s led by a Certified Kayak Instructor and no experience or equipment is necessary. Life jackets, kayaks, and paddles will be provided. Click here for more information.
Lake Chabot is very popular with anglers, families, kids, hikers, runners, seniors, mommy stroller groups, kayak enthusiasts, and dog owners.
What makes this place so special?
Is it the family of deer, the hummingbirds, being able to walk to the local dam or the honeypot lake… we don’t know for sure. However, once you visit, you will know exactly why some are keeping this place a secret all to themselves.
The East Bay Regional Park District is warning visitors to Lake Chabot to keep their dogs out of the water due to a toxic bloom of blue-green algae. Three dogs have died from ingesting the toxic algae, which was caused by the dry, warm drought conditions. For more information, please go to www.ebparks.org. Thank you!