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Anderson Lake County Park

Published on: 8/24/2018 2:30 PM
Park Info

Plan Your Trip to Anderson Lake County Park


  • Anderson Reservoir Closing
    ​Anderson Reservoir is closed to boating.

Hours of Operation

Open Year-Round
8:00 a.m. – Sunset


Make a Reservation

Contact Info

Anderson Lake County Park
19245 Malaguerra Ave
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Park Office: (408) 918-7980​​

Senior Park Ranger:
Brian Christensen
(408) 438-1458

Senior Park Maintenance Worker:
Mark Borge
Cell:  (408)355-3347

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View here for NEW Boating Inspection Procedures

Anderson Reservoir is closed to boating due to low water levels.

anderson reservoir photoDue to a drier-than-normal winter, Anderson Reservoir’s water level is not high enough to support boating in 2018. 

Santa Clara Valley Water District has been bringing imported water to Anderson. While this brings the lake level up temporarily, it will not be enough to sustain boating.

During the spring and summer, water will be released from Anderson to keep Coyote Creek flowing to maintain wildlife habitat. Also, some of the water released from Anderson will percolate into our underground aquifers, which benefits all local residents and businesses that depend on our groundwater supplies.

The water district partners with the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department for recreational activities at their reservoirs.

In October 2017, the water district board decided to lower the water level in Anderson Reservoir before the winter, to reduce the potential for Anderson Reservoir to spill or reach its seismic restriction level. Currently, Anderson is restricted to 58% of its full capacity due to the seismic deficiencies. 

  • ​Due to the increasing seismic restrictions and the temporary flood risk reduction rule curve, Anderson's water level going into the winter was lower than usual.
  • The board made this decision to reduce the possibility of flooding along Coyote Creek and exceeding the seismic restriction, without jeopardizing our water supply. This decision had a minimal effect on our water supply, but did reduce the amount of carryover storage normally maintained in Anderson Reservoir.
  • Although the reservoir started the season with a lower than normal level, the below average rainfall is the reason the reservoir has remained low.

The Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project is proceeding as quickly as possible. This complex project is currently in the design phase, and the project could go into construction as early as the summer of 2020.

Welcome to Anderson Lake County Park, Santa Clara County's largest reservoir. The 4,275 acre Anderson Park also features the Coyote Creek Parkway multiple use trails, the Jackson Ranch historic park site, the Moses L. Rosendin Park, and the Burnett Park area. This unique combination of recreational resources make Anderson Lake County Park a magnet for power boat enthusiasts, bicyclists, equestrians, picnickers, and nature lovers. Enjoy your visit today, and return often to
experience the many recreational opportunities of Anderson Lake County Park.

About Anderson Lake

In January 2009, the water district hired a consultant to evaluate the seismic stability of Anderson Dam. Preliminary findings of the study indicate that part of the dam would be seismically unstable during a very large, 7.25-magnitude earthquake occurring on the Calaveras Fault approximately two kilometers of the dam. Other large earthquakes occurring close to the dam could also cause considerable damage to it. View here for more information.

How to Get There

Anderson Lake County Park is located at:

19245 Malaguerra Ave Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Park Office: (408) 779-3634

Anderson Lake and the picnic areas along the Coyote Creek are located on Cochrane Road in Morgan Hill, east of Highway 101. To reach the Woodchopper's picnic area or the Jackson Ranch, follow Dunne Avenue east from Highway 101. The Coyote Creek Parkway multiple use trails can be reached by following Cochrane Road.

Anderson Lake Visitors Center access to Coyote Creek Parkway is at 19245 Malaguerra Avenue. Access to the reservoir is 18295 Coyote Road.


Anderson Reservoir, a seven-mile long, 953 surface acre lake, provides opportunities for power and non-power boating and fishing and float tube fishing. Personal watercraft (jet-skis) are allowed.

Call for your boating reservation: (408) 355-2201 

Shoreline picnic and barbecue facilities are provided at the Woodchopper's picnic area, which can be accessed by boat or vehicle at the south end of the lake. First-come, first-served family picnic areas are available year round along Coyote Creek below Anderson Dam. Two group picnic areas are available by reservation.

Fishing is permitted year-round in Anderson Lake. Please click here for more information about fishing at Anderson Lake. Fishing is also allowed in Coyote Creek during fishing season (April - November).

Hikers, runners, bicyclists, and skaters can enjoy the multiple use paved trail which follows Coyote Creek north for fifteen miles to Coyote Hellyer County Park. This asphalt path is relatively flat and meanders along the creek underneath Oak, Cottonwood and Sycamore trees. An equestrian staging area with trailer parking, rest areas are provided, but water is not available.

Hours and Fees

The park is open year-round from 8 a.m. until sunset. The lake use hours are 8 a.m. until 30 minutes before sunset. Lake use fees are collected daily. Vehicle entry fees are collected at Anderson year-round. Fees are also required for group picnic reservations. Launch and entry fees are posted at the entrance. There is discounted vehicle parking fees for short-term visitors at Live Oak and Toyon parking lots. $2 per hour or $6 all-day vehicle entry. 

Hourly ticket expires at the allotted time after purchase. All-day entry pass expires at sunset. Pay machine is located in the Live Oak parking lot.​

Access fees information here: Vehicle Entry FeesGroup Picnic Sites FeesBoat & Vessel Entry Fees 


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.​​​​​​​​​​

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