October Activities at Los Vaqueros Reservoir Starting Saturday October 13

#1. Los Vaqueros Fun Day — Three Activities on One Saturday, October 13, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You can spend the whole day or just a few hours having fun and learning about nature in the Los Vaqueros Watershed. All activities are based at the John Muir Interpretive Center, where you will also find picnic facilities and a trail that leads you to the top of the dam.     

  • Fall Bird Hike 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

  • Arachnophobia Spider Program 10 a.m. to Noon

  • All About the Incredible Edible Acorn 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The programs are free, however there is a $4 per car parking fee. To reach the center, drive to 100 Walnut Blvd, Byron, then drive about a mile more to the Los Vaqueros Dam. For more information, call (925) 688-8010 on weekdays or (925) 240-2440 on weekends. A full schedule of all interpretive center programs can be found at www.ccwater.com/losvaqueros/.  To reach the interpretive center from the Highway 4 bypass, drive south on Walnut Boulevard about three miles to the point where the road ends at the base of the dam.  If you use GPS, drive to 100 Walnut Boulevard, Byron, and continue another two miles to the end of the road.  The interpretive center phone number is (925) 240-2440 (Saturdays and Sundays).

#2. The Los Vaqueros Marina is reopening on Monday, October 15,  after being closed for about a year.  It has been moved to higher ground to accommodate the new, larger size of the Los Vaqueros Reservoir. Besides being moved, the marina facilities have been refreshed and expanded.  A nice shaded and landscaped picnic area is now located adjacent to the building, and a small event room in the building is available for the public for get-togethers.  Boat rentals, boat docks and fishing piers, including a pier that is wheelchair friendly, are available at the marina,  just like before the building was moved. The reservoir has been recently stocked. The marina is nestled between Brentwood and Livermore on Los Vaqueros Road, off of Vasco Road.  For GPS, use 9990 Los Vaqueros Road, Byron.   The marina phone number is (925) 371-2628 (7 days a week).

#3. The annual TarantulaRun is happening Saturday, October 20, at the Kellogg Creek Picnic Area in the Los Vaqueros Watershed.  (100 Walnut Blvd. Byron).  Races are 5k, 10k, and a hilly half-marathon. The picnic area opens at 6:30, and races start at 8 a.m.  There is also a free kids 1k.  Registration is $25. Runners can register at www.active.com until October 18.  After that, they can still register at the event before the races begin. More information can be found at www.ccwater.com. Phone number for info about the race is (925) 688-8175.

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