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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 also 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.

Bicycling
Santa Fe Dam offers many miles of paved bicycle trails away from motor vehicles. 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. There is no charge for admission into the park on a bicycle.

Natural Area
North of the lake is a natural area that has 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 Picnics
Family/Company picnicking is available throughout the park. Family/Company picnic facilities are available for reservation. Vehicle entry fees are required.

Park Headquarters
The Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area headquarters is located at the east end of the lake. There you may obtain information concerning park use, reservations, and general park assistance. Park information is also available at the booth at the entrance to the park. For more information, call the park office at (626) 334-1065.

Santa Fe Dam Nature Center
Come celebrate nature by taking a nature walk, or bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. The 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). For more information on the Nature Center, Native Plant Garden, Trails, Field Trips, Monthly Activities, Volunteering, Service Projects, and hours of operation, call (626) 812-0935.

City Parks
The City of Irwindale has a lovely community park directly across from the City Hall. The main features of the park which was built in 2005 consist of lighted tennis and basketball courts (one each), skate park (12,000 square-foot obstacle area), shade structures (4), picnic benches and tables, BBQ’s, tot lot, and restroom building. Irwindale City Park, located behind City Hall, includes enhancements that include a refurbished softball field (new turf and clay infield), a sand volleyball court, and play area with new equipment, new computerized irrigation controls and tree plantings throughout various areas of the park.

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