Coyote Lake Campground is an oak covered campground and is one of the few spots in the bay area that offers lakeside camping, with several campsites located on a bluff that overlooks the lake. Coyote Lake itself, is located just over the hill from US Highway 101, in a long and narrow canyon, and is stocked with bass, bluegill, can crappie.

Coyote Lake Campground has 74 RV-friendly campsites. Each campsite includes a picnic table, food locker, fire ring, and access to bathrooms, drinking water, and a boat ramp. Motorized boats are allowed on Coyote Lake, but swimming is not.

Online Campsite Reservations

Coyote Lake Campground – Bottom Line

Coyote Lake Campground offers some of the only campsites in the bay area that overlook a lake, and also is known for some of the best bass fishing in the bay area. However, if you are a tent camper, be prepared to be surrounded by RV’s, as this is very much an RV-friendly campground, in fact, campsites, 1-18 are RV only campsites with partial hookups. Wildlife at Coyote Lake is abundant, including feral pigs, mountain lion, coyote, deer, and more, be sure to secure your food properly.

Coyote Lake Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 74 Campsites
Cost: $32/night
Use Level: Medium
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: 30 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: Partial Hookups
Cell Phone Service: Possible with most carriers
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open year-round

Getting There

Address: 10840 Coyote Reservoir Rd.
Gilroy, CA 95020
Geo Coordinates: 37.081480, -121.530629
Nearest City/Town: Gilroy, California
Location: Santa Clara County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: Gilroy, CA is 10 miles away
Directions: From U.S. Highway 101 in Gilroy, take the Leavesley Road exit. Proceed east on Leavesley Road 2 miles to New Avenue. Proceed north on New Avenue .5 miles to Roop Road. Proceed 3.5 miles east on Roop Road into the foothills past the Mendoza Ranch entrance. Turn left into the park and proceed one mile north to the Coyote Lake Campground entrance station and visitor center.

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Phone: (408) 842-7800 Facebook:
Web: Coyote Lake County Park Website Twitter:
Reservations: Online Campsite Reservations

When To Go

Friday 03/23 0%
High 59° / Low 41°
Sunny. High 59F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Chance of Rain
Saturday 03/24 40%
High 57° / Low 38°
Chance of Rain
Rain showers early with some sunshine later in the day. High 57F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Partly Cloudy
Sunday 03/25 20%
High 57° / Low 36°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. High 57F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Monday 03/26 10%
High 62° / Low 38°
Mostly sunny. High 62F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday 03/27 10%
High 68° / Low 43°
Sunny. High 68F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday 03/28 0%
High 75° / Low 46°
Sunny. High near 75F. Winds light and variable.

What To Do

Hiking – There are several miles of hiking trails available and directly accessible from the Coyote Lake Campground

Water sports – Coyote Lake offers access for boating, fishing, waterskiing, canoeing, and kayaking

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  1. i have been camping here since 99, the improvements are awesome, the sites are nice size, lots of wild life running thru the campground, great hiking trail, good fishing, my go to county park.
    i give it 5 stars, i used to give it 0 but they have weeded out the trouble makers.
    Hope you see ya there.


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