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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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  • Nice place to take children to fish for the first time or rent a boat. Fishing is ok, try the chartreuse power bait.  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Usually enjoy my visits to this park, but after today I am extremely disappointed. Since it was the 4th of July, the park was extremely packed to the point the cops arrived and shut down the entrance. I came with a family who has a son with SEVERE disabilities and is wheelchair bound and cannot even talk. We did not know they would close the entrance so this family left their son with us and went to go get some more food for their son. They have a handicap permit and needed it especially for their son. The cops did not allow them to enter at all even though their son was down there and was in a wheelchair. The cops then made this family park their car on the side of the street and walk all the way down the path to get their son and walk all the way up pushing a big wheelchair in the heat simply because the cops did not allow them to enter. Really feel like they should have had different regulations for this. I even asked politely and attempted to explain the situation, but the cops did not listen and simply yelled they were not going to do something just for one car (even though this car was coming to pick up their son and bring him things he needs). The rangers did no longer seem to have control, but instead the cops since they were walking around and inspecting everything, but I am really sad that this poor family had to walk all the way down and struggle with bringing their son (who is not little) up the hill entrance to leave. I hope this does not happen again, but who knows. Might have to go again and see what they do :/
  • 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...
  • Bathrooms are not very well maintained and there is more dirt than grass. The lifeguards do a great job and the lake is fun for the kids but the rest of the park is just ok.
  • Lovly place for sunny day, you can have barbecue or rent boat/peddler or just relax

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