Boating in South Bay

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Alviso Marina County Park (Alviso)

This bayside park is 18.9 acres and is part of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.  The trails are available to hikers and mountain bikers.  The park is available for boating and fishing.

Anderson Lake County Park (Morgan Hill)

This is a 3,144 acre park is home to Santa Clara County's largest reservoir. Anderson Reservoir is a seven-mile long, 1,250 surface acre lake that offers power and non-power boating. Personal watercraft (jet-skis) are allowed.

Baylands Preserve (Palo Alto)

The park encompasses 1,940 acres that are the largest tract of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay.  Nonmotorized boats can be launched into the bay.

Calero County Park (San Jose)

This is a 3,493 acre park with a large reservoir that has a boat launch and is open year round to both power and nonpower vessels.  There are restrooms.

Chesbro Reservoir County Park (Morgan Hill)

Chesbro Reservoir County Park is a 232-acre park located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains that is host to a calm water man-made reservoir. Allowed boating includes sailboats, kayaks, and other non-powered boats.  Check beforehand as the lake may close due to low water levels (phone call 408-779-9232).

Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park (Gilroy)

Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park is a 4,595-acre park with a 635-acre lake. Three-mile long Coyote Lake allows power boating, jetskiing, waterskiing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. The boat launch ramp is located two miles north of the visitor center. It has two docks, a 3-lane concrete ramp, paved parking and a restroom.

Lexington Reservoir County Park (Los Gatos)

Lexington Reservoir County Park is 914 acres and includes a 475 acre man made reservoir for non-gas powered boats and fishing. The designated staging areas are located off Alma Bridge Road at the boat launch ramp and Miller Point day use area. The boat inspection is located in the parking lot. Portable toilets are available.

Los Gatos Creek County Park (Campbell)

Pond one allows sail boats.

Shoreline Lake (Mountain View)

Shoreline Lake is manmade and offers a place for sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, rowing and canoeing (no motorized craft are allowed). It is also a wildlife sanctuary and home to many rare, migratory birds. There are 50 acres of lake shores that can be used for picnicking or take out from the cafe. Pedalboats, canoes, kayaks, rowboats, windsurfers or sailboats can be rented on an hourly basis. Also available are public restrooms and freshwater showers and 50 cents per use lockers. Wind patterns March through September are lighter in the mornings (5 to 8 knots until about 12:30pm) increasing to 15 to 18 knots by 3:00pm.

Stevens Creek County Park (Cupertino)

Stevens Creek County Park is 1,077 acres with a 92 acre reservoir where only non-powered boating are allowed.  There is one boat launch area.

Vasona Lake County Park (Los Gatos)

Vasona Park is 150 acres that is home to a lake with a boat launch, and paddle and row boats available for rental from early spring through early fall. There are multiple restroom facilities.