Explore: Lake Chabot

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First Time Fishing

Now that the weather is beginning to clear (sort of), you may be getting the itch to see a blue sky reflected in a 315-acre lake. Lake Chabot in Castro Valley may be just the one calling out to you, and though you can’t invite the kids to jump in for a swim, you can take them out into the water on a kayak, canoe, pedal boat, or rowboat. The lake is stocked with trout, catfish, and bass, and the boats are rented out year-long. So fill up the cooler with a wholesome lunch, pack some bait and fishing gear, and head out to your favorite fishing spot on Lake Chabot’s vast perimeter, peppered with piers, where you can teach the little ones how to cast that rod. (Remember, though that anglers 16 years and older need to purchase a fishing permit and obtain a license.)

If you’re not into fishing, worry not, there’s plenty more a-waiting. Like 20 miles of hiking trails with views of the lake throughout, all connected to a wider network of even more hiking options. For those of us who are less hard-core on the walking shoes, there are picnic tables for lounging and barbequing, plenty of trees for shade and grass for Frisbee, and even horseshoe pits for playing the classic country game. Those opting for a quick day trip can grab snacks, lunch, or breakfast at the café. Lake Chabot is located at 17600 Lake Chabot Road in Castro Valley.

—Renee Rutledge