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Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area, Pleasanton

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Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area is a regional park on the border of Pleasanton, California, and Livermore, California that is part of the East Bay Regional Parks (EBRP) system on Stanley Blvd. The lake was once a gravel pit, but then included a sandy beach with swimming, water slides and it supports fishing and recreational boating. Now the water slides have been taken down and is now planned to be replaced by an Interpretive Center. The park is also a popular picnic ground.E. coliLake water at Shadow Cliffs Beach is tested for bacterial levels weekly during April through October and twice a month from November to March. In July 2014 EBRP closed the lake to swimmers due to extremely high levels of E. coli bacteria. Testing of water samples demonstrated E. coli at 6,100 colonies per 100 milliliters at the lake's south beach and 1,000 colonies per 100 milliliters at the north beach. California's state standard for daily maximum exposure is 235 colonies per 100 milliliters. Hal MacLean, the district water management supervisor, suggested that a combination of drought conditions, low water levels and accumulated animal feces - probably from geese - had caused the high bacterial content. EBRP planned to treat the lake with an oxidizing agent and "direct geese away from the swim area" in an attempt to lower the levels.
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  • Small artificial lake, was local beach destination in the past but is recently getting more popular for fishing. Parking and beach area has been renovated and cleaned. Local dive club organizes dives ...  more »
  • Shadow Cliff is very beautiful and peaceful by the water. If you are wanting to get away with some friends or by yourself to meditate Shadow Cliff is a great place for go!  more »
  • We go there to walk or kayak. It is close by with food and gas right around the corner. Tons of parking and shade for hot summer weather.  more »
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  • The Rangers that work here are always very polite, the park is kept clean, the new solar panels and newly paved parking lots provide lots of shady parking. The water is plenty warm for swimming and a nice sandy beach for laying out. There's also fishing available and some other lakes nearby for dogs. This park has it all.
  • Clear water but can be busy even on a work day!!! Floating docks were full from 6 am to closing. Island pond has lots of bass but bring a kayak! Ok trout fishing at the main lake. Park could use some work as many of the trails toward the back were overgrown or closed. Also geese poo EVERYWHERE...
  • It's a little piece of paradise in the valley of traffic and concrete... I enjoy fishing there and just relaxing by the water. Nice facilities
  • Great place for kids - good lake/beach, plenty of place to play. Awesome for kids/family.
  • nice place didn't catch anything but it was a worth while experience, I will definitely be going back