Anthony Chabot Regional Park Campground is a great east bay camping destination that is only 20 minutes from downtown Oakland. The campground at Anthony Chabot is located in a eucalyptus grove on a hilltop that overlooks Lake Chabot, which is stocked with trout as well as a small contingent of big mouth bass. The campground is open year-round with 63 walk-in and tent campsites, and 12 campsites with full hookups suited for trailers or RVs. All of the campsites include access to bathrooms, showers with heated water, fire rings, and picnic tables. include hot showers.
Anthony Chabot Regional Park Campground – Bottom Line
Anthony Chabot Regional Park Campground is one of the best campgrounds in the east bay for families and activities. The park is very scenic and offers over 31 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails near the 315 acre Lake Chabot. In addition to hiking, boat rentals are available, and a small shooting range is open on weekends within the park. Swimming is not allowed in the lake, and nor are gas-powered or inflatable boats.
The walk-in campsites (13-22) are the best, and they are only a short walk from the parking lot, so do not expect a backpacking experience, for that try the nearby Sunol Wilderness. The walk-in campsites are closed from November 1st through March 31st, otherwise all campsites are available for reservation up to 12 weeks in advance.
Like the campgrounds at nearby Mount Diablo Regional Park, the campsites at Anthony Chabot Regional Park are dry, no alcohol is allowed, and will be confiscated if found. As we have said before about other dry campgrounds in the area, this is a shame, as it takes some of the fun out of camping. That said, it is not clear to me how the rangers at the park would actively enforce this, should you try and setup your own campground speakeasy. Just be smart and don’t be obvious, put it in a red solo cup or something.
Anthony Chabot Regional Park Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||75 campsites total
|Dogs Allowed:||Yes – $2/pet/night fee|
|RV/Trailer Length:||20 Feet|
|RV/Trailer Amenities:||Dump Station, 12 campsites with full hookups|
|Cell Phone Service:||Yes|
|Operating Season:||Campground open year-round|
|Other:||Snack Bar & Marina|
|Address:||9999 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546
|Geo Coordinates:||37.744989, -122.101446|
|Nearest City/Town:||San Leandro, California|
|Location:||Alameda County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||San Leandro, CA is about 10 miles away|
|Directions:||From I-580 westbound in Castro Valley, take the Castro Valley exit and turn left at Castro Valley Boulevard. At Redwood Road, turn right. (From I-580 eastbound, take the Redwood Road exit and turn left at Redwood.) After about two miles on Redwood you will first come to Willow Park Golf Course, then Lake Chabot’s Proctor Staging Area, both on the left. Another few miles will bring you to Marciel Gate at Marciel Road. This is a hiking and equestrian staging area, and Marciel Road leads to a group camping area, the marksmanship range, and the Chabot Family Campground|
Maps & Brochures
|Web:||Anthony Chabot Regional Park Website||Twitter:|
|Reservations:||Online Campsite Reservations|
When To Go
What To Do
Hiking & Horseback Riding – Anthony Chabot Regional Park has more than 31 miles of hiking and riding trails. Huckleberry Trail runs through the campground to Honker Bay on Lake Chabot, which is known as a good fishing spot.
Marksmanship Range – The marksmanship, or shooting range, is open within the park on weekends.
Boating – Lake Chabot is open to non-gas-powered boats, which can be rented from the marina within the park.
Fishing – Lake Chabot is stocked with trout and a small amount of large mouth bass.