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Among other festivities, East Bay Regional Park District is celebrating its 80th birthday by offering Free 3rd Fridays in the parks. Starting April 18, fees will be waived for a variety of park services every third Friday of each month for the rest of the 2014 year.

On those Free 3rd Fridays, you won’t have to pay for the following:

  • Parking
  • Boat launching*
  • Entry for horses and dogs
  • Swimming fees
  • District fishing permits**
  • Entry to Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont

*Boat launchers will still have to pay for the required invasive mussel inspection.

**Anglers will still have to possess a California state fishing license, for which there’s a fee. And there will still be fees for camping and for group picnic reservations.
Free Fridays are the park district’s way of thanking the public for eighty years of support. A grass-roots movement provided the political momentum for establishment of the district back in 1934, and public support has been key to the district’s successes ever since.

This 315-acre anglers oasis sits in the heart of Castro Valley but you’d never know it by your surroundings. Miles of parkland and trails make Chabot a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The Lake Chabot Fishing Outfitters provide a well stocked bait and tackle shop, rod and reel rentals, boat rentals and a cafe serving cooked-to-order breakfast and lunch. Because Chabot is a drinking water reservoir, swimming and gasoline motor boats are not allowed. Chabot is very popular with trout anglers and like most EBRPD (East Bay Regional Park District) lakes, it has a regular trout and catfish planting program. The best trout bite can be found from the fall through spring months, catfish during the summer months. Some impressively sized, Largemouth Bass have been caught here including the lake record, a 17 lbs. 10 oz. caught in 2002. Catfish, Crappie and Bluegill can provide good summertime fishing.

Take a sightseeing tour and explore the scenic beauty and wildlife of Lake Chabot aboard the “Queen”. Enjoy the scenery and wildlife of Lake Chabot while cruising in the comfort of the 25 seat capacity tour boat complete with padded seats and a covered top for shade. Wildlife that might be spotted during your one-hour tour include deer, raccoon and a wide variety of birds, including heron, and cormorants. Tour Boat Schedule: Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays through September there are four tours each day.

Tours depart from the Marina at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm These are sightseeing tours (no naturalist). Rates: Adult tickets are $4.25 and Children (ages 12 & under) are $2.75. Charters: The Lake Chabot Queen tour boat can be chartered for special group tours and outings year-round. The charter rate is $70.00 per hour. Charters are available on weekdays or weekend mornings. The maximum capacity is 25. To arrange for a charter, call The Lake Chabot Fishing Outfitters at (510) 247-2526 two weeks in advance.

Chabot has many first-come, first-served picnic sites available, as well as a number of group sites. To reserve a group site, call East Bay Regional Park District at (510) 562-2267.

Tent and RV camping are available year-round at nearby Anthony Chabot Campground To reserve a tent or RV site, call East Bay Regional Park District at (510) 562-2267.

Lake Chabot is a public facility operated for the East Bay Regional Park District.

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