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Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area, Pleasanton

Categories: Water Parks, Water & Amusement Parks, Nature & Parks
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3.4/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
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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  • Was never to fond of this place from the beginning. First off the cost of parking isn't the that great compared to the activities that they have. Some of the activities I have seen from going there, i...  read more »
  • Shadow Cliffs has several hiking trails you can walk, run, very dog friendly. There is a lake there, but with California water issues, I wouldn't plan on going in. There awesome nice picnic areas to j...  read more »
  • This is a small intimate beach that have lots of picnic tables and BBQ grills for families. Boats can be rented and life jackets are loaned out to make the lifeguard duties a little easier. For a smal...  read more »
  • We were there for a triathlon event. Overall, the park is nice, with plenty of parking and a large picnic area. The biggest downside is the water quality. During the busy summer months, it's gross. Lots of trash and algae. My kids had allergic reactions from going in. The beach water covered in litter...wear shoes!
  • This place is the our go to place for most weekend camping. It is very clean and family friendly, also good for barbecue.
  • Shadow Cliffs lake is nice, but too crowded during the weekend. Plus it's allowed to swim probably on the 5% of total lake area. 95% is for birds: :( Also I was surprised with various limitations: like: "don't swim, just stay in water at your chest level"... But you can walk to a Lake Boris nearby which has no limits excepting wild life :)
  • I lived right next to this small lake for many years and I loved being able to take a walk behind and between the lakes and just enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife. It's amazing that this is right on the edge of town. Great place to hike, jog or just take a dog for a walk. It's also popular for fishing and they occasionally have events there like small boat racing.
  • Great place for young ones. Not the same as I remembered when I was younger, no more water slide. Booooo
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