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Water Conditions - Lakes and Ponds


> Many of the smaller ponds can dry up quickly. > By early summer many of the smaller ponds can already be dry.
> On long hikes, be sure to take plenty of water. > On warm days, take more water than you think you'll need.
> Consider recent weather conditions. > Don't rely on one observation about water availability.
> Check with park staff for the latest information. > Consider alternate water sources as a backup.
> Purify all backcountry water that you intend to consume. Even when purified, consume at your own risk. > Bury human waste and wash dishes at least 100 feet from streams, lakes, and springs.
> Water observations are collected by park staff, park volunteers and park visitors. > For more information see Water Resources in Coe Park.
> The "(C##)" following the name is the DPR identifier code. > Click here for Water Conditions - Creeks.
> The letter stands for the creek drainage the feature is in; C=Coyote, P=Pacheco, O=Orestimba and CE=Cedar. > Click here for Water Conditions - Springs.
> Dates are highlighted if information is more than 90 days old. > Click here for Trail Conditions.
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Click on the site name or image for more details. Level represents % full.
Site Level % Report Date Comments

Bass Pond  (C01)

80 12/04/16

Minor weed growth. (Reported by Paul V708)

Coit Horse Camp Pond

(C18)

0 11/02/17 Dry. (Reported by Paul V708)

Coit Lake

(P09)

95 11/02/17

Nearly full. Fishing access limited by Tule.  (Reported by Paul V708)   Photo 10/09/11 by Sue V702.

"Dexter Pond"  (C48) 1 08/02/17 Middle of 3 ponds located near Dexter Trail. Not named on park map; located off Grizzly Gulch Trail 0.12 mile ENE of pond NN C49. (Reported by Paul V708)

"Dexter Pond-Upper"

(C57)

0 11/01/17 Not named on Coe Park map. Located off obscure trail near north end of Dexter Trail. (Reported by Paul V708)
Domino Pond (C14) 0 11/01/17 Dry.  (Reported by Paul V708)

Dowdy Ranch Pond

(P-23)

05 08/19/17 Located in fenced-in area north east of Visitor Center; off-limits due to endangered species protection(Reported by Paul V708)

Edith Pond

(C32)

95 03/01/15 Nearly full, water brackish.  (Reported by Paul V710)
"Elderberry Spring Pond" (C16) 05 11/01/17 Small pond located about 100 yards below the spring. (Reported by Paul V708)

Fish and Game Pond

(P10)

80 11/02/17 Pond weed cover around about half of the perimeter.  (Reported by Paul V708)

Fish Pond

(C68)

70 09/27/17 Some pond weed but mostly clean. (Reported by Sue V702)

Frog Lake

(C02)

95 08/06/17 Half covered by pond weed with some tall cattails along the dam. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720) Photo 08/13/14 by Sean K.
Gibson Pond (C59) 0 09/27/17 Dry.  (Reported by Sue V702)
Hersman Pond (P21) 100 04/28/17 Full and spilling for the first time in years!. (Reported by Paul V708)  Photo was taken 2 years ago.

Hoover Lake (P04)

0 10/14/17

Dry.  (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 02/03/15 by Susan F.

Hurricane Pond (CE09) 80 07/01/17 Heavy brush on dam. Nice campsites upstream/downstream. Access from Center Flats Road.  No trail.  (Reported by Paul V708)
Jackrabbit Lake (O19) 80 07/01/17 From FB post.  (Posted by Paul V708) Photo 11/18/13 by Sue V702.
"Jim Donnelly Pond-Lower"  (C62) 10 10/01/17 Not named on Coe Park map. Located near Hunting Hollow parking north of first creek crossing and east of the bottom of Steer Ridge Trail. AKA "Turtle Pond".  (Reported by Paul V708)
"Jim Donnelly Pond-Upper"  (C43) 110 10/01/17 Not named on Coe Park map. Located west of the Jim Donnelly Trail approx. 2/3 trail mile below the top of the JDT. (Reported by Paul V708)

Kelly Lake  (C10)

90 11/02/17

Fishing access limited by Tule and weeds.  (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 07/09/11 by V708

Kingbird Pond (O24) 80 01/02/17 Park backpacker Melina M visited this date.  (Posted by Paul V708) Photo 08/14/13 by V708.
Long Dam Pond (C30) 0 08/26/17 Dry. (Posted by Paul V708)
Mahoney Pond (C21) 50 10/14/17

Lower water level than expected.  (Reported by Paul V708)

"Mallard Pond" (C09) 25 07/01/17 Not named on Coe Park map. NW junction of Willow Ridge Road & Coit Dam Road.  (Reported by Paul V708)
Mississippi Lake (P01) 95 07/01/17 Last report by park visitor Harmut W; "clear".  Fishing limited by Tule.  (Reported by Paul V708)  Photo 10/08/11 by Sue V702.
Mustang Pond (O20) 80 07/01/17 From FB post. (Posted by Paul V708) Photo 10/02/13 by V708.
No-Name Ponds (C11) & (C50) 0 & 0 11/02/17 South-east of intersection of Jackson and Wasno Roads. (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C15) 100 02/14/17 West of Rock Tower Trail approx. 1/4 mile south of Jackson Road.  (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 08/14/14 by V716
No-Name Pond (C20) 50 10/14/17 Weeds. Near intersection of Coit and Mahoney Meadows Roads.  (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C27) 30 06/03/15 Located midway along Redfern Trail on the east side.  (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C28) N/A Removed in 2014 Still shown on park map and located between Phegley and Redfern Trails on the south side of Phegley ridge, this severely damaged pond was removed by a DPR Resources contractor and the site restored.  (Reported by District Environmental Scientist Susan F and posted by Paul V708)
No-Name Ponds (C37,C37C,C37D) 5 to 15 07/26/17 West of Lyman Willson Ridge Trail above Bowl Trail. This neglected trio of very small ponds are fed by fairly active spring seeps. Mostly a water resource for wildlife.  (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C38) 05 07/26/17 Bowl Trail "washout" Pond.  Has a leak and is not filling.  Seasonal sulfur springs.  (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 07/09/11
No-Name Pond (C39) 50 07/26/17 Below Bowl Trail "washout" Pond; on spur trail off and east of LWRT.  (Posted by Paul V708) Photo 07/09/11
No-Name Pond (C40) 0 07/01/17 Located west of Lyman Willson Ridge Trail about 0.4 mile below the Bowl Trail intersection. One of the very few vernal ponds in Coe before being increased in size as a stock pond by a man-made dam. (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C44) 50 10/01/17 Secluded pond south of Steer Ridge Road and west of Middle Steer Ridge Trail. High enough to have a view towards Monterey Bay.  (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C49) 50 07/26/17 Located on the south side of Grizzly Gulch Trail about 0.1 mile east of the bottom end of Dexter Trail. Usually a reliable source of water.  Some hog wallowing.  (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C52) 05 10/01/17 Located 1/3 mile south of pond NN C-15 east of Rock Tower Trail.  (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 07/09/11
No-Name Pond (C53) 0 10/01/17 Located on the south side of Grizzly Gulch Trail about 0.2 mile east of the bottom end of Rock Tower Trail. This small pond is one of the first to go dry in summer. (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C60) 0 10/15/17 Located at intersection of Wagon and Phegley Ridge Roads.  (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C63) 0 10/01/17 Located east of the JDT about 0.1 mile above the "picnic table" (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C65) 100 02/15/17 Located 0.05 mile south of the LWRT about 0.7 trail miles up from HHR. (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C76) 100 02/13/16 Located 0.05 miles SE of the SRT about 0.5 trail miles up from HHR. Fed by a spring seep.  Photo taken from the JDT. (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (O15) 70 07/04/16

Park visitor Hartmut W reports "70% full, thigh deep, pretty clear". This pond is near the intersection of Red Creek Road and Robison Trail.  (Posted by Paul V708) 

No-Name Pond (P15)

10 10/01/17 Full and spilling. Not shown on park map this small pond is visible from Kaiser/Aetna Road 0.6 mile NW from Pacheco Crossing. (Reported by Paul V708)

No-Name Pond (P16)

90 05/01/17 Not shown on park map this small pond is visible from Tie Down Trail west of the peak marked "1696". (Reported by Paul V708)

No-Name Pond (P17)

90 05/01/17 This secluded pond is located a short distance up-canyon from NN P-15 and is shown on park map. (Reported by Paul V708)

No-Name Pond (P20)

90 05/01/17 Secluded pond located north of Center Flats Rd. approx. 1/10 mile west of Burra-Burra Tr. intersection. (Reported by Paul V708)
Paradise Lake (O17) 10 07/01/17 Dam suffered severe damage during winter storms and is partially washed away, hazardous area. Park visitor Hartmut W reports maybe 10% left but water clear. (Posted by Paul V708) Photo 10/08/13 by V708. 
Purple Pond (P13) 100 07/01/17 Park visitor reports still full.   (Posted Paul V708)
Raven Pond (P14) 50 11/08/16

About half full, muddy and populated with many small frogs.  (Reported by Eric V780) Photo 06/27/09 by Sue V702.

Redfern Pond (C26)

50 08/25/17

 Heavy reed/weed growth. (Reported by Paul V708)

Rodeo Pond (C35) 10 10/15/17 Heavy weed growth. (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 07/09/11 by V708.
Scherrer Pond (P19) 100 05/01/17 Typical weed cover.  Visitor report. (Posted by Paul V708)
"Snake" Pond (P08) 25 11/02/17 Not named on Coe Park map; west side of Coit Road approx. 1/2 mile north of intersection with Wagon Road. The fish survived the drought!  (Reported by Paul V708)

Tule Pond   (C45)

60 07/26/17 Water clear but heavy weed growth.  Previous report of bass still being caught. (Reported by Paul V708)
Turkey Pond (O26) 80 05/01/17 Level is about 3' down from maximum. (Reported by Paul V708)
Wasno Pond (C47) 90 05/17/17 Confirmed report of bass still in pond. (Reported by Paul V708)
"Willson Peak Pond" (C41) 10 08/02/17 Animal carcass in pond, smelly.  Unnamed on park map. Quarter mile NW of Wilson Peak.(Reported by Elena V720)
"Willson Camp Pond" (C36) 80 12/01/16 Unnamed on park map. Choked with vegetation and a popular hog wallow but a reliable source of water. Some clear pools accessible. Recently repaired by a Resources contractor.(Reported by Paul V708)
Will's Pond (O25) 90 06/17/17 New memorial bench installed. (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 05/31/14 by Bonnie V736.
Woodcutter's Pond (C66) 50 06/01/17 Watering hole for pigs. (Reported by Paul V708)
Wood Duck Pond (P07) 50 07/29/17

Looking down on it from Coit Road, it still looks like a good water source.  (Reported by Cynthia V823)

"Woodpecker Trail Pond" (O27) 5 07/01/17 Not shown on park map. (Reported by Paul V708)
"Yellowjacket Trail Pond" (P18) 50 10/01/17 Dam/spillway is threatened after winter's storms.  Unamed on park map. (Reported by Paul V710)
 

 

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