Bethany Reservoir State Recreation Area

13638 Christensen Road

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.


Boating — Explore the six miles of shoreline surrounding 160 surface acres of water from your small boat, canoe or kayak. Speed limit is 5 mph. The launch ramp is near the park entrance. Boat access is forbidden near the dams at the northwestern and southeastern ends of the reservoir.

Bicycling — Hilly back roads outside park boundaries offer challenging bike climbs.

Fishing — A two-lane boat ramp provides easy launch for small fishing or self-propelled boats. A road from the boat ramp to a second picnic area allows some shore fishing access. Anglers may catch five types of bass (spotted, white, smallmouth, largemouth, and striped), crappie, catfish and trout. Persons age 16 and over must carry a valid fishing license.

Picnicking — Shaded picnic ramadas are located close to the boat ramp near the park’s entrance.

Sailing — Sailboarders or catamarans will find plenty of propulsion on most days, with a mean wind speed above 7 and gusting to 12 mph.

Bike Trails
Hiking Trails

Picnic Areas
Interpretive Exhibits
Nature & Wildlife Viewing