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A summer dip in the East Bay's swimming lakes.

A summer dip in the East Bay's swimming lakes

Weather warm enough for lake swimming usually begins early in the East Bay-- here are six good spots. All are part of the East Bay Regional Park District; all have lifeguards on duty 11 to 6 in season. Unless noted, swimming season is May through September. Fishermen 16 and older must have a state fishing license plus a daily park fishing permit ($1.50).

Contra Loma, Antioch. Amid golden grassy hills, a lawn picnic area and changing rooms stand behind a sand beach. Swimming is year-round in the roped-off area. There's free boat launch, and boardsailing is permitted ($1). Take State Highway 4 to Antioch, then take Lone Tree Way exit south; turn right on Fredrickson Lane to the park entrance. Parking is $2.50.

Tilden, Berkeley. Nine-acre Lake Anza is popular, sometimes crowded, with a sand beach, bathhouse, dive platform, and picnic area nearby. Swim fee is $2, $1 for seniors and ages 6 through 17, 50 cents ages 5 and under. From State Highway 24, take Fish Ranch Road north; go right on Grizzly Peak Boulevard to South Park Drive; follow signs to the lake off Central Park Drive.

Lake Temescal, Oakland. On this 13-acre lake are a popular sand beach, dive platform, and bathhouse. Swim fee is $2, $1 for seniors and ages 6 through 17, 50 cents ages 5 and under. From State Highway 24, take State 13 and follow signs to the park.

Cull Canyon, Castro Valley. A shallow 1 1/2-acre lagoon makes a good children's swimming area. Swim fee is $2, $1 for seniors and ages 6 through 17, 50 cents for ages 5 and under. There's no boating, but fishing--for catfish, crappie, and sunfish-- is allowed. From Interstate 580, take Crow Canyon Road northeast; turn left on Cull Canyon Road.

Don Castro, Castro Valley. Swimming lagoon next to the reservoir has a shallow roped-off area for children. Park includes a changing room, sand beach, lawn picnic area, and fishing for bass, bluegill, perch, sunfish, and trout. From I-580, take Castro Valley Boulevard and head southeast onto Center Street; turn left at Kelly Street, then left at Woodroe to park. Parking is $2.50.

Shadow Cliffs, Pleasanton. The 90-acre lake still looks a bit like the quarry it once was, but there's good swimming in its large roped-off area. A four-flume water slide ($3 per half-hour) is open daily June 3 through September 8. You can launch a boat on the main lake or fish for black bass, bluegill, catfish, and trout. From I-580, take Santa Rita Road; go south to Main Street, then turn left onto Stanley Boulevard. Parking is $2.50.

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Photo: Next to sandy beach, youngsters plunge into shallow end at Shadow Cliffs in Pleasanton
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