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.