BEFORE YOU COME TO A COUNTY RESERVOIR!
All vessel owners must present a hard-copy of their current vessel registration to park staff before proceeding to a mussel inspection station. Registration must be:
- Registered in a non-banned California county (North of the Tehachapi Mountain Range, except San Benito County). Vessels with out of state registrations will not be allowed to launch.
Owners who have purchased a used powered vessel are quarantined for 30 days from the date of transfer. If you do not have credible evidence that you have possessed your used powered vessel for 30 days, you will not be permitted to launch.All vessels must pass a vessel inspection prior to launching on a Santa Clara County reservoir. To pass inspection, your vessel must be “clean and dry”. “Clean and dry” means that no dirt, vegetation, or water can be found anywhere on the vessel. This includes internal compartments of the vessel and the engine. When your outboard is lowered, not a drop of water can flow out. If any water is observed anywhere, however slight, your vessel will fail inspection!For more information on our Vessel Inspection Program, view here.
Beginning April 15 through October 14 (7 days a week from 8am to 1/2 hour before sunset):
- Coyote Lake, Calero, and Anderson Reservoirs will be open to all boating.
- Stevens Creek and Lexington Reservoirs will be open to non-power boating only.
Beginning October 15 through April 14 (8am to 1/2 hour before sunset):
Stevens Creek and Lexington Reservoirs will close to boating. Coyote Lake will open to weekend and holiday boating on Nov. 1, 2013
- Anderson Reservoir will be closed to all boating on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 due to low water levels. Calero Reservoir is open 7 days a week, and Coyote is open weekends and holidays until further notice.
- Calero will remain open 7 days a week.
- All other reservoirs and bodies of water are closed indefinitely to boating (including model boats) - those are Almaden, Chesbro, Sandy Wool, Cottonwood, Grant, Guadalupe, Uvas, and Vasona.
If the reservoir does close, we will look at expanding boating opportunities elsewhere if feasible. Check our website or call (408) 779-3634 before you travel to make sure Anderson Reservoir is open.
To see current closures or restrictions, view here.
RESERVATIONS AND FEES
- Boating reservations can be made online or by calling (408) 355-2201.
- A $7.00 non-refundable inspection fee will be collected per inspection. An annual vessel inspection pass of $35 is also offered. A vessel inspection pass is only good for one inspection on one vessel per park entry. Passes can be purchased at Parks Administration, 298 Garden Hill Drive, Los Gatos.
- In addition, there is a $6.00 launch fee per vessel at power boating reservoirs, or a $5.00 launch fee at non-power boating reservoirs, as well as a $6.00 parking fee.
- Float tubes are subject to vessel inspection and the vessel inspection fee. However, most designs are considered fishing aids, so no launch fee will be collected. If your float tube has oars or peddles, it will be considered a vessel and a vessel launch fee will be collected.