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.
  • 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.
  • The "(C##)" following the name is the DPR identifier code. The letter stands for the creek drainage the feature is in; C=Coyote, P=Pacheco, O=Orestimba and CE=Cedar.
  • Dates are highlighted if information is more than 90 days old.
  • For more information see Water Resources in Coe Park.
  • Click here for Water Conditions - Creeks.
  • Click here for Water Conditions - Springs.
  • Click here for Trail Conditions.

Have an update on water resources for us? Send an email with details to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If including a photo/photo link please include a release statement if you'd like the photo to be posted here.

Click on the site name or image for more details. Level represents % full.

Site Level % Report Date Comments
Bass Pond  (C01) 80 06/01/19 Minor weed growth. (Reported by Paul V708)
Bullhead Reservoir (P24) 70 06/29/19 Mostly clean with no weeds. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)
Coit Horse Camp Pond (C18) 50 05/27/19 Half full. (Reported by Paul V708)
Coit Lake (P09) 100 06/10/19 Full. Fishing access limited by Tule. Access to water from the north side (by the bench, near Coit dam trail) is good. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)   Photo 10/09/11 by Sue V702.
"Dexter Pond"  (C48) 100 02/20/19 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) 100 02/26/19 Not named on Coe Park map. Located off obscure trail near north end of Dexter Trail. (Reported by Paul V708)
Domino Pond (C14) 70 06/22/19 Muddy but filterable.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by visitor Alex M.)
Dowdy Ranch Pond (P-23) 100 02/28/19 Located in fenced-in area north east of Visitor Center; off-limits due to endangered species protection.  (Reported by Larry V785)
Edith Pond (C32) 0 07/01/18 Dry.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Mike V806)
"Elderberry Spring Pond" (C16) 100 05/27/19 Small pond located about 100 yards below the spring.  (Reported by Paul V708)
Fish and Game Pond (P10) 100 06/22/19 Mostly full, though access looks challenging.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Chris V837)
Fish Pond (C68) 80 07/01/19 Some pond weed. 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) 5 07/01/19 Muddy and full of weeds.  (Reported by Sue V702)
Hersman Pond (P21) 5 07/13/19 Nearly dry but the spring feeding it has good flow.  Hog wallow. . (Reported by Paul V708)  Photo was taken 2 years ago.
Hoover Lake (P04) 75 05/12/19 Level dropping fast. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785) Photo 02/03/15 by Susan F.
Hurricane Pond (CE09) 100 02/26/19 Heavy brush on dam. Nice campsites upstream/downstream. Access from Center Flats Road.  No trail.  (Reported by Paul V708)
Jackrabbit Lake (O19) 100 03/28/19 Full. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785) Photo 11/18/13 by Sue V702.
"Jim Donnelly Pond-Lower"  (C62) 40 07/01/19 Lots of tules 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) 50 06/06/19 Reasonably clear.  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) 100 05/25/19 Full and overflowing the spillway. Fishing access limited by Tule and weeds.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Chris V837) Photo 07/09/11 by V708
Kingbird Pond (O24) 80 06/28/19 Mostly full and clear. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785) Photo 01/27/18 by V785.
Long Dam Pond (C30) 50 06/06/19 Half empty. (Reported by Paul V708)
"Lupine" Pond (O22) 100 03/30/19 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 Larry V785)
Mahoney Pond (C21) 80 06/30/19 Three to four feet down from the to[p of the dam. Filterable in an emergency. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Chris V837)
"Mallard Pond" (C09) 70 06/14/19 Not named on Coe Park map. NW junction of Willow Ridge Road & Coit Dam Road.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)
McAlister Pond (C79) 100 05/31/19 Not named on Coe Park map. South of Bear Mountain Peak. (Reported by Paul V708)
Mississippi Lake (P01) 100 04/11/19 Gentle flow down the spillway. Water still fairly clear.  Fishing limited by Tule.  (Reported by Paul V708)  Photo 10/08/11 by Sue V702.
Mustang Pond (O20) 100 03/30/19 Clear. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785) Photo 10/02/13 by V708.
No-Name Pond (C08) 0 10/21/18 Just west of Eagle Pines Trail about 0.2 miles south of Eagle Pines Peak.  Not shown on the map.  (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Ponds (C11) & (C50) 100 & 100 02/26/19 South-east of intersection of Jackson and Wasno Roads. (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C15) 100 03/25/19 Full. West of Rock Tower Trail approx. 1/4 mile south of Jackson Road.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785) Photo 08/14/14 by V716
No-Name Pond (C20) 100 02/18/19 Full. Near intersection of Coit and Mahoney Meadows Roads.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)
No-Name Pond (C27) 30 10/31/18 Dry. Located midway along Redfern Trail on the east side.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)
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) 20 06/24/19 Bowl Trail "washout" Pond.  Has a leak and is not filling.  Choked with Tules and other growth but still has water. Seasonal sulfur springs.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785) Photo 07/09/11
No-Name Pond (C39) 70 06/24/19 Below Bowl Trail "washout" Pond; on spur trail off and east of LWRT.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785) Photo 07/09/11
No-Name Pond (C40) 100 02/01/19 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 06/06/19 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) 80 06/14/19 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 04/29/19 Full. Located 1/3 mile south of pond NN C-15 east of Rock Tower Trail.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785) Photo 03/04/18
No-Name Pond (C53) 100 02/01/19 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 (C54) 100 03/04/19 Located about 150 vertical feet below and to the east of Wagon Road south of Long Dam Pond at location 37.072731, -121.406564. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)
No-Name Pond (C60) 50 07/06/19 Not recommended for people. Located at intersection of Wagon and Phegley Ridge Roads.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Chris V837)
No-Name Pond (C63) 100 02/01/19 Located east of the JDT about 0.1 mile above the "picnic table".  (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C65) 100 02/01/19 Located 0.05 mile south of the LWRT about 0.7 trail miles up from HHR. (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C67) 50 06/17/19 Some pond weed. Located directly across Hunting Hollow Road from Fish Pond and up the hill a bit. (Reported by Sue V702)
No-Name Pond (C76) 100 02/01/19 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 (CE03) 100 04/10/19 Located about 500 feet south of the section of Center Flats Road between the Walsh and Scherrer Trail junctions. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)
No-Name Pond (CE06) 20 05/03/19 Located east of Vasquez Road, about 3/10ths of a mile northeast of Rock Springs Peak. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)
No-Name Pond (CE10) 80 05/03/19 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 Larry V785)
No-Name Pond (CE11) 50 12/01/18 Muddy looking shallow water. Located northwest of Rock Springs Peak about 0.1 miles from Vasquez Road. (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (CE13) 0 04/29/19 Completely dry. Located just southeast of the Wagon/Center Flats junction. (Reported by Larry V785)
No-Name Pond (O07) 100 01/26/19 Located about 2.6 miles up Robison Creek Trail from Red Creek Road at GPS location 37.272128,-121.396453. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)
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) 65 12/29/18 Clear. This pond is near the intersection of Red Creek Road and Robison Creek Trail. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)
No-Name Pond (O28) 05 03/16/19 No more than a mud 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 03/28/19 Full and spilling. Not shown on park map this small pond is visible from Kaiser/Aetna Road 0.6 mile NW from Pacheco Crossing. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (P16) 100 03/28/19 Not shown on park map this small pond is visible from Tie Down Trail west of the peak marked "1696". (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (P17) 90 03/28/19 This secluded pond is located a short distance up-canyon from NN P-15 and is shown on park map. Apparently leaking at its base. It also shows evidence of squirrel damage (blowout on downstream face) and could be prone to fail. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (P20) 80 07/13/19 Down about3'.  Secluded pond located north of Center Flats Rd. approx. 1/10 mile west of Burra-Burra Tr. intersection.(Reported by Paul V708)
0 040619PondP25 No-Name Pond (P25) 10 06/29/19 Muddy. Located northeast of Bullhead Reservoir about 600 feet south of County Line Road. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)
0 040619ParadiseLake Paradise Lake (O17) 2 04/06/19 Dam suffered severe damage during winter storms and the dam has washed away. The lake is almost totally drained now. The lake bottom can be very hazardous as you can end up sinking up to your hips. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785) Photo 04/06/19 by V785. 
0 050819PondP03e No Name Pond (P03) 20 05/08/19 Muddy. The pond is located just east of Pacheco Ridge Road between the Canteen and Dog Trail junctions. It is ringed by heavy vegetation and VERY difficult to access (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)

Purple Pond(P13)

80 07/12/19 Park visitor David N reports clear and down about 2'.   (Posted by Paul V708)
Raven Pond (P14) 100 01/30/19 Mostly clear.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785) Photo 06/27/09 by Sue V702.
Redfern Pond (C26) 70 0/06/19 Mostly surrounded by reeds. Some bass. Lots of bull frogs. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Chris V837)
Rodeo Pond (C35) 50 06/15/19 Almost completely covered in pond weed.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Chris V837) Photo 07/09/11/ by V708.
Scherrer Pond (P19) 80 04/10/19 Choked with weeds. (Reported by Paul V708)
"Snake" Pond (P08) 80 07/01/19 Very full almost over-topping dam.  Not named on Coe Park map; west side of Coit Road approx. 1/2 mile north of intersection with Wagon Road.   (Reported by Paul V708)
Tule Pond (C45) 70 06/22/19 Mostly full, though access looks challenging. Filterable in a pinch, but not ideal. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Chris V837)
Turkey Pond (O26) 70 05/01/19 Some hog wallows. (Reported by Paul V708)
Wasno Pond (C47) 70 06/15/19 Plenty of water, but no good access. Ok to filter in a pinch. Lots of reeds/tules/other water plants. Confirmed report of bass still in pond. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Chris V837)
"Willson Peak Pond" (C41) 100 03/25/19 Full. Unnamed on park map. Quarter mile NW of Wilson Peak. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)
"Willson Camp Pond" (C36) 50 07/06/19 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) 90 06/28/19 Covered with an amazing algae bloom. (Posted 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) 80 07/06/19 Water surrounded by growth of tules.  (Reported by Paul V708)
"Woodpecker Trail Pond" (O27) 100 04/04/19 Full. Not shown on park map. (Reported by Paul V708)
"Yellowjacket Trail Pond" (P18) 80 07/12/19 Park visitor David N reports clear but lots of reeds and algae.   Dam/spillway is threatened after last winter's storms.  Unnamed on park map. (Posted by Paul V708)

Volunteer!

Coe Park Volunteer Ranger

Are you interested in learning more about Henry W. Coe State Park and sharing your knowledge with park visitors? How about helping out with annual events or maintenance of springs and trails? If so, visit our Volunteer page.

Support Coe Park

badger

We rely on your generous support. Thank you!