Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area
Fishing is offered daily. Trout and catfish are stocked regularly by the State Department of Fish and Game. A California State Fishing License is required for everyone 16 years and older, and Fish and Game regulations are enforced. Bait, tackle and rental boats are available at the park through Wheel Fun Rentals. Fishing derbies are hosted throughout the year by the Friends of Santa Fe Dam and the Santa Fe Dam Support Foundation.
Santa Fe Dam offers many miles of paved bicycle trails. The San Gabriel River Bicycle and the San Gabriel River Multi-Use Trails, with its 35 miles of off-street bicycling, runs through the park on its way from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Coast.
North of the lake is a natural area with over 2,500 acres of native flora and fauna. Some of the finest examples of native plants in the Los Angeles Basin are found in the area.
Family/company picnicking is available throughout the park. Family/company picnic facilities are available for reservation. Vehicle entry fees are required.
The Santa Fe Dam Nature Center features information on the alluvial fan, a rare intact natural habitat with its unique plants and wildlife, as well as representation of the Tongva Tribe of the San Gabriel Valley. The Santa Fe Dam Nature Center is a partnership between the L.A. County Parks and Recreation Department and the San Gabriel Mountains Regional Conservancy (SGMRC).
The City of Irwindale has constructed a new park directly across from the City Hall. The main features of the new park consist of lighted tennis and basketball courts, a skate park, shade structures, picnic areas, BBQs, a tot lot and a restroom building. Irwindale City Park, located behind City Hall, also underwent enhancements that include a refurbished softball field, a new sand volleyball court and renovated play area, new computerized irrigation controls and tree plantings throughout various areas of the park.