Welcome to Vasona Lake County Park and the Los Gatos Creek Parkway. The 152 acre park and connecting parkway are the most popular of Santa Clara County's regional park and recreation areas.
How to Get There
Vasona Lake County Park is located at:
333 Blossom Hill Rd Los Gatos, CA 95032
Park Office: (408) 355-2375
The entrance to Vasona Lake County 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 Lake County Park.
Los Gatos Creek County Park is located at:
1250 Dell Ave Campbell, CA 95008
Park Office: (408) 355-2375
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.
Vasona Lake County 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 bluegill.
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. Visit their website Youth Science Institute. Behind YSI, visitors can find solitude while hiking the Viola Anderson Native Plant Trail.
Adjacent to Vasona Lake County 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 Lake County Park. Visit their website for more information Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad.
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 110 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, bluegill, 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.
Agents of Discovery
At Vasona Lake County Park you can also engage in an fun educational activity via the app, Agents of Discovery. You can download the app for free and use it as you explore the park. It may take you 45 min – 1 hr to complete. You can start the mission anywhere in the park. As you explore the park, you will use your smart phone or tablet to answer questions about the park’s history, local waterfowl species, and freshwater ecosystems. Once you have download the app and Vasona Lake mission, no wifi or data is needed to complete the activity. Prizes are available if you complete the mission (further details within the app). Available to play in English or Spanish.
When you’ve hiked or biked at Vasona Lake County Park, perhaps you’ve noticed orange and white square signs along your path. These are orienteering control signs. If you enjoy hiking, try orienteering, which combines map reading, trail navigation, and searching for control markers. Here’s a link to the tip sheet to download.
The White Course is for beginners and starts near the central playground. The course is approximately 1.8 kilometers and can be completed in about an hour. For the White course you locate 5 control markers.
Ready for more orienteering fun? The Yellow Course starts near the Pepper Tree area/University Avenue trail entrance. This advanced beginner course is 2.3 kilometers.
The Orange Course is an intermediate course that starts near the north east trailhead close to the dam.
Color topographical maps are available at the park entrance kiosk and can also be downloaded here. The use of a compass is optional for the orienteering courses at Vasona. There are easily recognizable landmarks to navigate the courses.
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.
Access fees information here: Vehicle Entry Fees, Group Picnic Sites 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.