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.HistoryShadow Cliffs, a former gravel quarry, was donated to EBRP by Kaiser Industries, formerly the operator of the quarry, and opened as a park in 1971. The U.S. Bureau of Outdoor Recreation provided a grant of $250,000 for development of park facilities. Thus funded, EBRPD developed a 266acre park that included an 80acre lake, picnic facilities and large parking lot.ActivitiesSwimmingSwimming is allowed year-round at the swimmer's own risk, even though lifeguards are on duty during the summer. The swimming beach on the main lake and a refreshment stand that are open on weekends in Spring and Fall and daily in summer. Pets and glass containers are not allowed on the sandy areas of the beach. Beach wheelchairs are available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis..FishingFishing is allowed in the main lake, provided the angler has a Park District Daily Fishing Access Permit. Trout and catfish are planted every week by park personnel. Other species popular with anglers are bluegill and black bass..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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  • For one, this place is very beautiful, it offers swimming in the summer, fishing year round and believe me, I have caught some nice fish out of this place in the past, it is on of my favorite places t...  more »
  • The front main lake is stocked with Trout and has catfish and other types of fish. Go to the back lakes and try your luck for bass. Walk the trails to find some seldom used fishing spots.  more »
  • Nice place to take children to fish for the first time or rent a boat. Fishing is ok, try the chartreuse power bait.  more »
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  • Love fishing at this location! They keep it well stocked with fish to catch. Trout in the cooler months and catfish in the warmer months. Plus, the no leash dog trails on the south side around the smaller ponds, are great for our dog :-)
  • Really good part. You need to pay parking fee to park here though. Nice to walk around and enjoy the view.
  • Awesome spot, get here before the sun comes up if you want a good spot for fishing.
  • The new things we learned about the ohlone Indian and the naturalist we're awesome thanks
  • Great place for picnic and family fun. Summer time and hot days tends to get busy. Need to be there for good table very early about 6am.
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