Swimming in the East Bay

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Arroyo Swim Center (San Lorenzo)

There are shallow and deep water exercise, movement and aerobic classes. Registration for these classes beings in May but students can drop in if space is available. Also, there is lap swimming and water walking during dedicated times.

Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area (Walnut Creek)

The recreational area overlaps with Diablo Foothills and is located in a scenic canyon along Pine Creek. The park hosts a 30 feet by 70 feet swimming pool and deck areas. For a map of the park, please click here

Castro Valley Swim Center (Castro Valley)

There are shallow and deep water exercise, movement and aerobic classes. Registration for these classes beings in May but students can drop in if space is available. Also, there is lap swimming and water walking during dedicated times.

Clarke Memorial Swim Center (Walnut Creek)

This indoor heated Olympic size, 20 lane lap pool has certified professional lifeguards, heated locker rooms and showers. It also has a diving pool with one and three meter spring boards and childrens wading pool (2 to 3.5 feet deep). Services include vending machines and snack bar, covered tables and grass area.

Contra Loma Regional Park (Antioch)
Contra Loma Regional Park has 780 acres that includes an 80 acre reservoir that has a lifeguarded swim lagoon for summertime swimming. The lakes swim lagoon has a sandy beach with restrooms and a concession stand. For a map of the park: http://www.ebparks.org/files/Contra_Loma_map_2009.pdf
Crown Memorial State Beach (Alameda)

This is a 2.5 mile beach with sand dunes. The water is warm and shallow. The north end of the beach is rocky and is good for tidepooling.  Amenities include a bathhouse with changing rooms at the west end of the beach. For a map of the park, please click here 

Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area (Castro Valley)

This 360 acre park has about two miles of unpaved trails around the lake. The swim complex includes a bathhouse, vending machines, and the 1.5 acre swim lagoon with white sandy beach. Picnic tables, drinking fountains, and restrooms are plentiful. For a map of the park, please click here

Dan Oden Swim Center (Union City)

The center hosts an olympic size outdoor pool. They offer water exercise classes and lap swim.

Del Valle Regional Park (Livermore)

The park is 5,000 acres where visitors can explore miles of hiking in a valley surrounded by oak trees and hosting a lake five miles long. Del Valle offers two swimming beaches with lifeguards on duty 11 am to 5pm from June to September. Year round swimming is allowed in much of the lake, at the swimmers own risk. For trail maps of the north side of the park, please click here and for the south side of the park, please click here

Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center (Pleasanton)

There are three outdoors pools that are heated 80 to 82 degrees F 1) 50m x 25y, 10 x 22 lanes, 2) 25m, 8 lanes, 3.5 ft to 5.5 ft depth and 3) 25y x 60 ft, 2.5 ft to 3.5 ft depth. There is a separate diving area that has one 3 meter and one 1 meter board in a separate 40 ft x 60 ft, 6.5ft to 13 ft deep pool.

Don Castro Regional Recreation Area (Hayward)

Don Castro Regional Park is 101 acres with a fishing lake, swim lagoon and paved and unpaved trails for pedestrians and bicycles. There is a bathhouse with shower, vending machines, a sandy beach and large lawn areas. For a map of the park, please click here

Emma Hood Swim Center (Alameda)

This is an outdoor pool.

Family Aquatic Center (San Leandro)
The outdoor pool has three 25 yard lap lanes. The facility has restrooms, showers, changing room and outdoor lockers.
Farrelly Pool (San Leandro)

The facility has a changing area, showers and restrooms but no lockers.

Larkey Park Swim Center (Walnut Creek)

This is an L shaped recreational pool (25 yards by 25 meters), a diving pool with one and three meter spring boards and a childrens wading pool (1 foot deep). Services include vending machines, locker rooms, heated shower and a grass area.

Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area (Fremont)

Horeshoe Lake has a swim complex that is open all year round with a white sandy beach, restrooms, vending machines. For a map of the park, please click here

Roberts Regional Recreation Area (Oakland)

This 82 acre area has an entrance and parking area that are in a grove of redwoods. There is about two miles of shared pedestrian and bicycle trails throughout the park that connect to much longer trails in the neighboring Redwood Regional Park. The Roberts Pool complex features a 25 yard, heated swimming pool with a depth of from 3 feet to 8.5 feet (no diving board), vending machines and lawn areas. They have recreational swim, lap swimming, and a special time set aside for disabled swimmers only. There are eight picnic areas, five drinking fountains and five restrooms throughout the park. For a map of the park, please click here

Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area (Pleasanton)

This 266 acre park hosts an 80 acre lake and an arroyo with a chain of smaller lakes and ponds. Swimming is only allowed in Shadow Cliffs Lake. The swimming area has a bathhouse and refreshment stand that are open on weekends in spring and fall, and everyday during summer months. For a map of the park, please click here

Silliman Family Aquatic Center (Fremont)
This is a new indoor facility that features a 45 ft x 75 ft activity pool, a 25 yard four lane lap pool, a 12 person warm water spa, a lazy river resistance pool and a cafe.
Sunset Swim Center (Hayward)
There are shallow and deep water exercise, movement and aerobic classes. Registration for these classes beings in May but students can drop in if space is available. Also, there is lap swimming and water walking during dedicated times.
Temescal Regional Recreation Area (Oakland)

The land around Temescal Lake has a perimeter of under 10 miles. There is one parking lot, multiple drinking fountains and picnic tables, restrooms and a fishing dock. For a map of the park, please click here

Tilden Regional Park (Berkeley)

Tilden is a 2,079 acres park with many miles of trails. Within the park, Lake Anza has a sandy beach, changing rooms and cafe and is open for swimming from May to September with lifeguards on duty from 11 a.m.to 5 p.m. You can swim at your own risk within roped off area only, when lifeguards are off duty. For a map of the north side of the park, please click here and for a map of the south side of the park, please click here