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June 24, 2009 > East Bay Regional Park District among best in the nation

East Bay Regional Park District among best in the nation

Submitted By Shelly Lewis

The East Bay Regional Park District's three family campgrounds were named "best" in the nation according to ReserveAmerica's Camping Club, America's largest community of active family campers. The "Top 100 Family Campgrounds" were selected based on criteria requested by family campers including park amenities, beautiful outdoor scenery, and educational facilities.

The District's campgrounds at Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Del Valle Regional Park, and Sunol Regional Wilderness were among only eleven listed in California. The Park District reservation staff can attest to the popularity of these campgrounds. Weekends are already booked through the end of August. Staff says that this is the earliest in the season that sites have been booked this far in advance, which likely is a reflection on the economy and people opting for inexpensive vacations close to home. Plenty of sites are still available mid-week at all three locations. Also, cancellations do happen, so staff recommends checking the website often to see what is available. Campsites can be booked a maximum of 12 weeks in advance to as little as 24 hours.

Campground highlights:
Anthony Chabot - The Anthony Chabot Family Campground has 75 reservable family camp sites. Of these sites, 12 have hookup RV accommodations for sewer, water and electricity. There are 53 drive-in sites with pads for tents, and 10 walk-in sites located 100 to 200 yards from the parking area. Campground is within 10 miles of golfing, fishing and boat rentals, and just four miles east of Oakland, six miles north of Castro Valley.

Del Valle -The Del Valle Family Campground has 129 drive-in campsites, and 21 partial hook-up sites for RVs, sewage and water only. All 150 sites have one 10-foot picnic table and a fire ring/barbeque. Walking access to Lake Del Valle for swimming, fishing, boat launch and boat rentals. Park is located six miles south of Livermore.

Sunol -The family campground has four primitive walk-in campsites located 25 to 50 yards from the parking area. The chemical toilets are located near the parking lot. No drinking water, food, showers, firewood, or ice is available at the park. The park is located about seven miles south of the town of Sunol at the end of Geary Road off Calaveras Road in southern Alameda County. Visitor center, nature programs, miles of trails, and equestrian trail rides within walking distance.


Camping reservations may be made online for our three drive-in family campgrounds by clicking on the ReserveAmerica "Book Now" buttons below. A calendar system allows users to review individual campsites and available dates. Reservations may also be made by phone by calling
1-888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757) and pressing option 2, then 1. Call between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Fridays.

Information on ReserveAmerica's "Top 100" can be found at www.thecampingclub.com or contact East Bay Regional Park District at www.ebparks.org.

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