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San Leandro in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Of Fins and Flippers

Lake Chabot Historical Walk

 
 
Of Fins and Flippers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 3, 2014
1. Of Fins and Flippers Marker
Captions: sunfish; blue gill; rainbow trout. This native fish made it debut in hatcheries worldwide after being raised in the California State Fish and Game hatchery here at Lake Chabot; largemouth bass. In July 1887, the Contra Costa Water Company imported largemouth bass in to purify the water; channel catfish.
Inscription. How do you climb the wall of a dam using fins? The dam blocked the natural migratory route of the steelhead trout, prohibiting them from swimming up San Leandro Creek to spawn in their natural habitat, what is now upper San Leandro Reservoir and tributary creeks. To sustain the fish population and stock the lake, Anthony Chabot constructed a fish hatchery in 1874 near the dam. The hatchery became the California State Fish and Game Hatchery 1878-1883. The hardiness of fish, like the land-locked Maine salmon and Eastern brook trout, were tested here before distribution across California. Some of the fish now found in the lake are illustrated here.

At times certain fish like carp were not desired, as they were believed to stir up silt in the reservoir. In the early 1900s sea lions were introduced as fish eating predators to alleviate the carp problem, but instead they clamored up the hills in search of saltier waters.

In the 1930s, carp and suckers were accused of mucking up the lake. A San Francisco company netted 16 tons of these unwanted fish, reselling the live catch for 40 cents a pound.

In 1966, the East Bay Regional Park District opened Lake Chabot for public recreation. Under a lease agreement with the East Bay Municipal Utility District. Fishing licenses and permits are required for all anglers
Of Fins and Flippers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 3, 2014
2. Of Fins and Flippers Marker
Diana's Temple in the distance.
aged 16 and older. Licenses may be purchased at the Marina. Enjoy youR catch and thank you for keeping Lake Chabot clear for other anglers.

Angler fees help keep Lake Chabot stocked with fish.
 
Erected 2012 by East Bay Regional Park District.
 
Location. 37° 43.778′ N, 122° 7.302′ W. Marker is in San Leandro, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Estudillo Avenue. Click for map. The one mile Lake Chabot Historical Walk begins at the parking lot at the end of Estudillo Avenue. This marker is about one mile from the beginning of the trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1799 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro CA 94577, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chabot Dam (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Taming the Waters’ Flow (about 300 feet away); Transporting the Water (about 400 feet away); To Build a Dam (about 400 feet away); Yem-Po: Chinese Labor Camp (about 600 feet away); Tunnel No. 1 Control Shaft (about 700 feet away); A Zoo, a Monkey, and a Mansion Here Too! (about 700 feet away); Filtration Basins (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Leandro.
 
Also see . . .  Lake Chabot Historical Walk
Lake Chabot image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 3, 2014
3. Lake Chabot
. (Submitted on February 21, 2014.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 314 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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