Contact Number

  • (925) 447-0426

Park Accessibility Information

Park Hours

  • Sunrise to Sunset.

Park Activities

Picnic Areas
Interpretive Exhibits
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails

Park Facilities

Boat Ramps


Park Directions

Get directions through Google Maps

The recreation area is northeast of Livermore, seven miles off Interstate 580 at the Grant Line Road exit.

Drop-in Junior Rangers: Waterbirds

Saturday, June 8 at 10 am to 12 pm

Kayak at Bethany Reservoir

New Parking/Boating Fee Payment App

Yodel QR CodeDay Use and Boating fees are now being collected through the free Yodel App at Bethany Reservoir State Recreation Area. Yodel is secure and simple. All you need is a smartphone and a credit card. A multi-factor authentication protects users while the app’s evolving QR code prevents repeat pass usage.

With this new pay-by-phone option, you can pay for parking/boating fees prior to arriving at the park.

Download Yodel on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store or by scanning the QR code.

Please note: Yodel is available to pay for parking and boating entrance fees for day-use only. Visitors are advised that pay-by-phone is not a reservation and entry is subject to availability at each park unit. If parking lots are full, visitors should wait to park before taking advantage of the pay-by-phone option. All sales are final and there are no cancellations or refunds.

Basic Park Information

Located in the northernmost part of the San Joaquin Valley, Bethany Reservoir State Recreation Area is a popular place for water-oriented recreation, especially fishing and windsurfing. It also features a bike trail (along the California Aqueduct Bikeway) - and many windmills. It is also the northern terminus of the California Aqueduct.

Address: 13638 Christensen Rd, Byron, CA 94514


  • $10.00 parking 
  • $7.00 boat launch
  • $1.00 discount for vehicle day use for persons 62 years of age or older


  • Boat launch near main parking lot
  • Speed limit is 5 mph
  • Small boats, canoe, kayak, catamarans, sailboarders are allowed


  • Persons age 16 and over must carry a valid fishing license. 


  • The California Aqueduct Bikeway is a popular cycling trail. 


  • Dogs must be on a 6 foot maximum leash and under human control at all times. 


Education Programs

If you are interested in bringing your class to Bethany Reservoir SRA please contact Fiona Catalano at (925) 243-2003 or email