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Vasona and Los Gatos Creek County Parks

Published on: 6/12/2014 9:57 AM
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Park Info

Plan Your Trip to Vasona

Hours of Operation

Open year round
8:00 AM – Sunset

Activities

Biking; Fishing; Interpretive Program; Picnicking; Playgrounds; Nature Trails; Reservable Group Picnics; Paved Trails

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Contact Info

Vasona
333 Blossom Hill Rd.
Los Gatos, CA 95032

(408) 356-2729
parkinfo@prk.sccgov.org

Vasona and Los Gatos Creek County ParksWelcome to Vasona Lake County Park and the Los Gatos Creek Parkway. The 150 acre park and connecting parkway are the most popular of Santa Clara County's regional park and recreation areas.

For the 9th consecutive year, Santa Clara County Parks and South Bay Folks  team up to bring you free, outdoor concerts every Saturday in June and July. Located in a pleasant setting overlooking Vasona Lake and Los Gatos Creek, this nine-week series features local artists performing a wide variety of acoustic genres ranging from big band, to jazz, to traditional and contemporary folk. Pack a picnic dinner or enjoy concessions at the park, and join us this summer for Vasona Vibrations.

Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 356-2729

The entrance to Vasona Lake Park is located on Blossom Hill Road in Los Gatos. From southbound Highway 17, exit at Lark Avenue and travel east. Turn right on Los Gatos Boulevard and right again onto Blossom Hill Road. Walk-in entrances are located on Garden Hill Drive and University Avenue.  Public transit  is available to Vasona County Park.

Los Gatos Creek Park Address
1250 Dell Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008

Los Gatos Creek County Park is located at the intersection of Dell and Hacienda Avenues in Campbell. From Winchester Boulevard, travel east on Hacienda to the stop sign at Dell. The Los Gatos Creek Trail can be accessed at many locations along its route.

Activities

Vasona Park includes 45 acres of lawn which can be used for informal play such as frisbee tossing, softball or soccer. There are several picnic areas available on a first-come, first-served basis. Eight reservable group areas are placed at scenic locations throughout the park.

Paddle boats and row boats are available for rental from early spring through early fall. Check out Los Gatos Recreation for more information! The lake also offers fishing for Black Bass, Crappie, Catfish and Blue Gill.

The Youth Science Institute, located at the park's north end, offers programs and outings which interpret science and inspire an appreciation for the natural environment. Behind YSI, visitors can find solitude while hiking the Viola Anderson Native Plant Trail.

Adjacent to Vasona Park is the Town of Los Gatos'' Oak Meadow Park. Here, visitors can ride a carousel, picnic, play informal sports, or enjoy the playground. Miniature train rides on the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad originate in Oak Meadow and run through Vasona Park.

Hikers, runners, bicyclists, and skaters enjoy the Los Gatos Creek multiple use trail which begins at Lexington Reservoir and follows the Los Gatos Creek for nearly 9.5 miles through the Town of Los Gatos, Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos Creek County Park, and the cities of Campbell and San Jose.

Call boxes are located along the trail. Dogs are welcome on a leash and owners are expected to pick up droppings. Free disposable scoopers are available.

At the midpoint of the trail is Los Gatos Creek County Park, an 80-acre urban park encompassing six percolation ponds. The northernmost pond is used for fishing. This pond is stocked with Rainbow Trout from November through April. Black Bass, Catfish, Blue Gill, Crappie and Carp are also caught in the pond. The remaining ponds offer visitors the opportunity to view many types of water fowl. Please note that feeding water fowl is prohibited. Casting ponds are also available, open to the public daily from 8:00 a.m. to sunset for fly and plug casting. Targets are available for accuracy practice. No hooks or dogs allowed within the casting area. Use caution when walking in the "back cast" area.


Picnicking

Make Group Picnic Reservations here

Picnicking by families and groups is one of the most popular activities at Vasona Lake County Park. Please help make this experience enjoyable for everyone by adhering to the following rules and any posted regulations.

  • Family picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A responsible adult (with picnic items) must be present in order to hold a picnic table. A maximum of three tables may be held at one time.
  • Reservations are recommended for groups larger than twenty. Please call (408) 355-2201.    
  • Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Parking stalls cannot be saved. Reservations at group areas do not include reserved parking.   
  • Do not drive into picnic areas or onto lawns, paths, or landscaping.   
  • Twenty minutes is the maximum time allowed for parking in the yellow zone for unloading and loading of picnic supplies.   
  • Post directional signs in designated areas only. Signs are removed daily.    
  • No tacks, nails, or staples on park signs, tables, or trees.   
  • Allow fires in barbecue pits to burn out. Water will damage the grill and pit.   
  • Amplified music is prohibited without a permit.

Hours and Fees

The park is open year-round from 8:00 a.m. until sunset. Vehicle entrance and lake use fees are collected year round. Fees are also required for group picnic reservations.

Accessibility

In compliance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (‘ADA”), the  Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its programs, services, or activities.   The Department will make reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disability have an equal opportunity to enjoy our programs, services, facilities, and activities.   If you need assistance with an ADA request, please contact our ADA Coordinator at ADACoordinator@prk.sccgov.org

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