Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area RV & Campground Guide
Rolling hills dominate the landscape at Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area, creating a serene escape from the bustle of San Jose, which sits just 42 miles away. Boaters and anglers dot the shimmering surface of Lake Del Valle, a massive reservoir that runs for five miles through the hills, where families splash in the shallows. If you prefer to stay on dry land, grab your hiking boots or saddle your horse to explore the trails that run high into the hills. Come any time of year — with hot summers and cool but manageable winters, the weather is always right for camping. With the town of Livermore just five miles away, you’re never far from supplies or a delicious meal.
Spring 45 F - 75 F
Summer 55 F - 90 F
Fall 45 F - 80 F
Winter 38 F - 60 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area
If you’re planning a relaxing vacation to Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area, an RV is the perfect way to enjoy your trip. If you don’t have a recreational vehicle of your own, an RV rental from RVshare is a convenient solution as you’ll be able to enjoy the comforts of your favorite model all without the long-term commitment.
Del Valle Family Campground
Be the first person in the water or on the trails at Del Valle Family Campground, which is situated inside the Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area. This 150-site spot is popular, particularly during the summer months, so be sure to reserve a spot up to 12 weeks in advance. If you’re coming in an RV, ask for one of the 21 sites with full hookups. With hot showers, flush toilets and a dump station, this is a comfortable spot for longer vacations. If you’re driving a big rig, some sites offer pull-through access for easier parking. Within the park, you’ll find a camp store, boat rentals and more. Keep in mind that generators are not allowed. RV sites with hookups start at $45 per night, and other sites are $30 per night.
Joseph D. Grant County Park Campground
Located just over an hour south of Del Valle in San Jose, Joseph D. Grant County Park is a convenient option for RVers. Here, you’ll find 40 campgrounds, each with access to hot showers and flush toilets. From your site, it’s just a quick walk to the park’s fantastic 50-mile trail system, which is particularly popular with local mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians. A handy dumpsite makes it easy to get ready to hit the road, and a variety of ranger programs keep the family entertained during the summer months. Some sites offer electric and water hookups. Be sure to reserve these sites as early as possible. Rates start at $44 for RV sites with hookups and $34 for primitive sites. From November through February, the park offers a 25 percent discount on camping fees.
Garden City RV Park
One of the closest RV parks to Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area is Garden City RV Park, which is about an hour away. Here, you’ll find full hookups, bathrooms and showers as well as a laundry room. Get online easily with the free Wi-Fi service. This park is a great option if you’re planning to visit Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Nightly prices vary, but it's always a good idea to call for rates and reservations as early as you can.
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What to Do at
Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area
Inside Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area
With its huge surface area and calm inland waters, Lake Del Valle is the perfect spot for kayaking, sailing and trout fishing, and you can even rent boats inside the park. Any type of boat is welcome, but keep in mind that the lake’s speed limit is 10 miles per hour. In the summer, spread your towel on the sandy beach and cool off with an occasional swim. The park also has an extensive hiking and equestrian trail network that boasts gorgeous water views. In the spring, keep an eye out for the wildflowers that line the hillsides.
Outside Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area
Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area lies within an easy drive from several small towns and major cities in Central California. Most nearby attractions and restaurants can be found in Livermore, which is less than 20 minutes from the park. If you're ready for more outdoor adventures, the rugged landscape to the south offers plenty of hiking and biking options.
If you’re looking to treat yourself, this is the perfect spot. Sip locally made wine, and share a selection of tasting plates on the patio as you look over the hills.
Type: Winery, Wine Country cuisine
Location: 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, CA 94550
Get your sushi fix at Wasabi, which features a relaxed vibe and a classic Japanese menu.
Type: Sushi, Japanese cuisine
Location: 922 Larkspur Dr., Suite B, Livermore, CA 94551
Known for its live music, indulgent barbecue and varied cocktail menu, this is a great spot to unwind on the weekend.
Location: 2300 First St. #120, Livermore, CA 94550
This popular Italian restaurant features a relaxed dining area and hearty portions, making it a comfortable option for families.
Location: 4433 First St., Livermore, CA 94551
Sample a huge range of Indian dishes at the Shri Ram Buffet. There’s also a full menu.
Location: 1510 N. Vasco Rd., Livermore, CA 94551
Peppertree Plaza Shopping Center
Pick up all the supplies you need for your camping trip at this spot, which features grocery stores, a laundromat and more.
Location: 968 Murrieta Blvd., Livermore, CA 94550
Shop for a range of women’s clothing and accessories at this friendly, locally owned shop.
Location: 2196 First St., Livermore, CA 94550
If you’re hoping to kick back with a novel on your camping trip, stop at this independent shop to stock up.
Location: 555 Main St., Pleasanton, CA 94566
If you love wine, be sure to check out the many vineyards and wineries that are scattered north of the park. Cycle through the vines, schedule a tasting or book a tour to experience multiple spots in one day.
Once you’ve exhausted the hiking and equestrian trails inside Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area, head to the Ohlone Wilderness. Hop on the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, and pass through valleys, climb exposed ridges and watch out for wildflowers. Keep an eye out for the eagles and elk that make their home in the hills.
Enjoy expansive views across the Fremont area when you summit this popular peak. Be sure to bring ample water as the sun exposure can be intense.
Bring your mountain bike or hiking boots to this park, which is known for its spectacular canyon hikes and lovely views.
If the beaches are full at Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area, Shadow Cliffs is a good family-friendly alternative. With its calm water, this is a popular spot for kids.
How to Get to
Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area
Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area is located off Mines Road, which you can access from Livermore, California. If you’re coming from San Francisco or Yosemite, take Interstate 580 to Livermore. From San Jose or Fremont, Highway 84 is an easy access route.
Entering Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area
Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area is open 365 days per year. The gates open at 6 a.m. or 7 a.m., depending on the month, and close between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. If you’re planning to camp, keep in mind that the park has a curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Per vehicle : $6
Per trailered vehicle : $4
Bus entry : $25
Dog entry : $2
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