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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)

Bullhead Reservoir

(P24)

80 03/28/18 Mostly clean with no weeds. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)

Coit Horse Camp Pond

(C18)

0 10/01/18 Dry. (Reported by Paul V708)

Coit Lake

(P09)

90 09/29/18

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

"Dexter Pond"  (C48) 2 02/07/18 Muddied from hog wallowing.  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)

50 05/23/18 Not named on Coe Park map. Located off obscure trail near north end of Dexter Trail. (Reported by Paul V708)
Domino Pond (C14) 50 05/23/18 Clear getting greenish.  (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)

0 07/01/18 Dry.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Mike V806)
"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)

75 09/29/18 Typical weed growth for the season.  Hog wallows.  (Reported by Paul V708)

Fish Pond

(C68)

50 09/28/18 Lots of pond grass and moss. Ducks and pond turtles in residence. (Reported by Sue V702)

Frog Lake

(C02)

50 10/08/18 Lots of water weeds, not very clear.  (Reported by Paul V708)
Gibson Pond (C59) 0 06/15/18 Dry.  (Reported by Sue V702)
Hersman Pond (P21) 0 09/05/18 Dry. (Posted by Sue as reported by Larry V785)  Photo was taken 2 years ago.

Hoover Lake (P04)

05 08/01/18

Just a puddle.  (Posted by Paul V708) Photo 02/03/15 by Susan F.

Hurricane Pond (CE09) 80 01/30/18 Heavy brush on dam. Nice campsites upstream/downstream. Access from Center Flats Road.  No trail.  (Reported by Paul V708)
Jackrabbit Lake (O19) 90 06/23/18 Solme p;ond weed on the edges.  (Reported by Larry V785 and posted by Sue V702) Photo 11/18/13 by Sue V702.
"Jim Donnelly Pond-Lower"  (C62) 35 07/20/18 Lots of reeds and pond grass. 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 Sue V702)
"Jim Donnelly Pond-Upper"  (C43) 25 10/01/18 Not named on Coe Park map. Located west of the Jim Donnelly Trail approx. 2/3 trail mile below the top of the JDT. (Posted by Paul V708)

Kelly Lake  (C10)

90 09/29/18

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

Kingbird Pond (O24) 50 09/03/18 Park visitor Karl D reports lots of hog activity.  (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 01/27/18 by V785.
Long Dam Pond (C30) 0 10/13/18 Dry. (Reported by Paul L)
"Lupine" Pond (O22) 30 09/01/18 An unnamed pond shown on Coe's map on the west side of Orestimba Creek about halfway between Hartman and Red Creeks. Large bullfrog population and some turtles; hog wallow upper end. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Paul V708)
Mahoney Pond (C21) 50 10/13/18 Surface about half covered with weeds. (Reported by Paul V708)
"Mallard Pond" (C09) 20 09/24/18 Not named on Coe Park map. NW junction of Willow Ridge Road & Coit Dam Road.  (Reported by Larry V785)
McAlister Pond (C79) 70 01/20/18 Not named on Coe Park map. South of Bear Mountain Peak. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)
Mississippi Lake (P01) 90 09/29/18 Water still fairly clear.  Fishing limited by Tule.  (Reported by Paul V708)  Photo 10/08/11 by Sue V702.
Mustang Pond (O20) 60 09/01/18 Clear. (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 10/02/13 by V708.
No-Name Ponds (C11) & (C50) 5 & 5 08/11/18 South-east of intersection of Jackson and Wasno Roads. (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C15) 100 03/01/18 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) 30 10/01/18 Completely weed covered. 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 Pond (C34) 0 07/01/18 Dry. Located just east of Long Dam Trail uphill from Edith Pond.  (Posted by Sue as reported by Mike V806)
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 07/02/18 Below Bowl Trail "washout" Pond; on spur trail off and east of LWRT.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Rick V701) 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 02/07/18 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 08/14/18 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.   (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C52) 100 03/04/18 Located 1/3 mile south of pond NN C-15 east of Rock Tower Trail.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720) Photo 03/04/18
No-Name Pond (C53) 50 03/01/18 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) 10 08/30/18 Located at intersection of Wagon and Phegley Ridge Roads.  (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C63) 2 02/07/18 Located east of the JDT about 0.1 mile above the "picnic table". Hogs have newarly destroyed the pond with their wallows.  Pond is now just 2 hog "bathtubs". (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 (CE10) 50 07/02/18 Located northeast of Vasquez Peak at the end of a spur trail about 0.15 miles from Vasquez Road.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Rick V701)
No-Name Pond (CE11) 5 07/01/18 Muddy looking shallow water. Located northwest of Rock Springs Peak about 0.1 miles from Vasquez Road. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Mike V806)
No-Name Pond (CE12) 0 07/01/18 Dry. Usually dries up too early to be a viable water source. Located at 37.110700, -121.402449 just off of Center Flats Road. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Mike V806)
No-Name Pond (O14) 50 08/25/18 Located about 0.2 miles off Robison Mountain Trail between Snod and Robison Mountains. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)
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 (O28) 05 02/21/18 Just a puddle. Adjacent to Tie Down Trail. This pond is still shown on the map but it was officially removed long ago. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)

No-Name Pond (P15)

100 04/01/18 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)

100 04/01/18 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 04/11/18 Clear.   (Reported by Paul V708)
Raven Pond (P14) 40 01/13/18

Muddy.  (Reported by Larry V785) Photo 06/27/09 by Sue V702.

Redfern Pond (C26)

25 10/13/18

Mostly surrounds by reeds. Some bass. Lots of bull frogs. (Reported by Paul V708)

Rodeo Pond (C35) 25 08/30/18 Heavy weed growth. (Reported by Paul V708) Photo 07/09/11 by V708.
Scherrer Pond (P19) 25 08/30/18 Typical weed cover around the edges. (Reported by Paul V708)
"Snake" Pond (P08) 20 09/24/18 Not named on Coe Park map; west side of Coit Road approx. 1/2 mile north of intersection with Wagon Road. Typical ring of water plants. The fish survived the drought!  (Reported by Larry V785)

Tule Pond   (C45)

25 08/14/18 Water clear in spite of extensive trampling around most of circumference by hogs and loose cattle.  Very heavy weed growth. Small black bass visible. Large turtle population.  (Reported by Paul V708)
Turkey Pond (O26) 25 09/29/18 Lots of hog wallows. (Reported by Paul V708)
Wasno Pond (C47) 30 10/13/18 Confirmed report of bass still in pond. (Reported by Paul V708)
"Willson Peak Pond" (C41) 100 03/01/18 Unnamed on park map. Quarter mile NW of Wilson Peak. (Reported by Paul V708)
"Willson Camp Pond" (C36) 5 08/14/18 Unnamed on park map. Choked with vegetation and a popular hog wallow but usually a reliable source of water. Some clear pools accessible.  (Reported by Paul V708)
Will's Pond (O25) 80 05/01/18 Clear. New memorial bench installed. (Reported by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785) Photo 01/27/18 by V785.
Woodcutter's Pond (C66) 0 07/11/18 Dry. (Reported by Sue V702)
Wood Duck Pond (P07) 50 10/11/18 Water if you can get through the tules.  (Reported by Paul V708)
"Woodpecker Trail Pond" (O27) 0 09/03/18 Dry. Not shown on park map. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)
"Yellowjacket Trail Pond" (P18) 100 04/11/18 Full but muddied from hog wallowing.  Dam/spillway is threatened after last winter's storms.  Unnamed on park map. (Reported by Paul V708)
 

 

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