Attention: Anderson Reservoir will be closed to all vessels effective Monday, August 17th, until further notice due to projected low water levels. For further information, please call the park at (408)779-3634

Anderson Lake County Park is the site of Santa Clara County’s largest reservoir. The 3,144-acre Anderson Park also features the Coyote Creek Parkway multiple use trails, the Jackson Ranch historic park site, the Moses L. Rosendin Park, and the Burnett Park area. This unique combination of recreational resources make Anderson Lake County Park a magnet for power boat enthusiasts, bicyclists, equestrians, picnickers, and nature lovers. Enjoy your visit today, and return often to experience the many recreational opportunities of Anderson Lake County Park.

In January 2009, the water district hired a consultant to evaluate the seismic stability of Anderson Dam. Preliminary findings of the study indicate that part of the dam would be seismically unstable during a very large, 7.25-magnitude earthquake occurring on the Calaveras Fault approximately two kilometers of the dam. Other large earthquakes occurring close to the dam could also cause considerable damage to it. View here for more information.

How to Get There

Anderson Lake and the picnic areas along the Coyote Creek are located on Cochrane Road in Morgan Hill, east of Highway 101. To reach the Woodchopper’s picnic area or the Jackson Ranch, follow Dunne Avenue east from Highway 101. The Coyote Creek Parkway multiple use trails can be reached by following Cochrane Road.

Anderson Lake Visitors Center access to Coyote Creek Parkway is at 19245 Malaguerra Ave. Access to the reservoir is 18295 Coyote Rd.


Anderson Reservoir, a seven-mile long, 1,250 surface acre lake, provides opportunities for power and non-power boating and fishing and float tube fishing. Personal watercraft (jet-skis) are allowed. Shoreline picnic and barbecue facilities are provided at the Woodchopper’s picnic area, which can be accessed by boat or vehicle at the south end of the lake. First-come, first-served family picnic areas are available year round along Coyote Creek below Anderson Dam. Two group picnic areas are available by reservation. Fishing is permitted year-round in Anderson Lake. Please click here for more information about fishing at Anderson Lake. Fishing is also allowed in Coyote Creek during fishing season (April – November).

Hikers, runners, bicyclists, and skaters can enjoy the multiple use paved trail which follows Coyote Creek north for fifteen miles to Coyote Hellyer County Park. This asphalt path is relatively flat and meanders along the creek underneath Oak, Cottonwood and Sycamore trees. An equestrian staging area with trailer parking, rest areas are provided, but water is not available.

Hours and Fees

The park is open year-round from 8 a.m. until sunset. The lake use hours are 8 a.m. until one half hour before sunset. Lake use fees are collected daily. Vehicle entry fees are collected at Anderson year-round. Fees are also required for group picnic reservations. Launch and entry fees are posted at the entrance.


In compliance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (‘ADA’),the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its programs, services, or activities. The Department will make reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disability have an equal opportunity to enjoy our programs, services, facilities, and activities. If you need assistance with an ADA request, please contact our ADA Coordinator.​​​​