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Locations: Bethany Reservoir

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Bethany Reservoir is located about 10 miles northwest of Tracy in Alameda County. The reservoir serves as a forebay for South Bay Pumping Plant and a conveyance facility in this reach of the California Aqueduct. Weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

Directions: Go seven miles off Interstate 580 and take the Grant Line Road exit.

Activities: fishing, boating, windsurfing, hiking, picnicking, and bicycling

More Information: Bethany Reservoir is part of the Turlock Lake State Recreation Area, operated by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, 22600 Lake Road; La Grange, CA 95229; (209) 874-2056.


Around Bethany Reservoir are hundreds of windmills, generating electricity from the region's windy conditions. Local anglers enjoy shoreline fishing, and the reservoir is a popular spot for windsurfing. Boat ramps and mooring, picnic areas, and restrooms (accessible for visitors with disabilities) are available.