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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.
  • 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.
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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) 15 09/2621

At least 8’ below spillway, and less than 1’ deep. Entire shore is a muddy pig wallow. Water has much silt and algae, and will probably will clog most filters. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Steve V797)

Bullhead Reservoir (P24) 80 03/03/21 Mostly clean with no weeds. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)
Coit Horse Camp Pond (C18) 0 09/23/21 Dry. (Reported by Sue V702)
Coit Lake (P09) 60 09/23/21 Water has no smell or taste after filtering. Fishing access great as tules were burned down in the SCU Fire. (Reported by Sue V702)   Photo 10/09/11 by Sue V702.
"Dexter Pond"  (C48) 0 06/06/21 Dry. 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. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Rick V701)
"Dexter Pond-Upper" (C57) 40 08/10/21 Couldn't tell quality from the road. Not named on Coe Park map. Located off obscure trail near north end of Dexter Trail. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by visitor Steve S.)
Domino Pond (C14) 1 05/20/21

Couple of feet of muddy water. Will be dry in a few weeks. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Dennis V801)

Dowdy Ranch Pond (P-23) 100 09/01/19 Located in fenced-in area north east of Visitor Center; off-limits due to endangered species protection.  (Report by Paul V708)
Edith Pond (C32) 5 04/11/21 Low and very muddy. You might be able to get some drinkable water out of it but that would almost certainly be the last use you’d get out of your water filter. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Visitor Jennifer S.)
"Elderberry Spring Pond" (C16) 0 07/31/21 Dry. Small pond located about 100 yards below the spring.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by visitor Aaron F.)
Fish and Game Pond (P10) 40 10/18/21 Looks ok if you can get through the mud to the water. Circled with pond weed.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Susan F.)
Fish Pond (C68) 20 09/13/21 Very low. (Reported by Sue V702)
Frog Lake (C02) 40 09/26/21 Water at least 6’ below spillway. Pig wallows and/or vegetation all along the shore make reaching water difficult. Water appears clear. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Steve V797)
Gibson Pond (C59) 0 07/16/21 Dry. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Linda V758)
Hersman Pond (P21) 0 07/08/21 Dry. (Reported by Sue V702)  
Hoover Lake (P04) 0 07/25/21 Reported as dry. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by visitor Corey W.) Photo 02/03/15 by Susan F.
Hurricane Pond (CE09) 100 04/11/21 Looks clear and full as seen from Center Flats Road. Nice campsites upstream/downstream. Access from Center Flats Road.  No trail.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by visitor Jennifer S.)
Jackrabbit Lake (O19) 80 05/01/21 Clear. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Susan F.) Photo 11/18/13 by Sue V702.
"Jim Donnelly Pond-Lower"  (C62) 0 07/22/21 Lots of cattails. 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". (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Dan V716)
"Jim Donnelly Pond-Upper"  (C43) 40 07/10/21 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. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Travis V727)
Kelly Lake (C10) 80 08/13/21 Possible to get to water, water has slight pond taste after filtering Full.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720) Photo 07/09/11 by V708
Kingbird Pond (O24) 70 08/31/19 Mostly full and clear. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785) Photo 01/27/18 by V785.
Long Dam Pond (C30) 15 10/26/21 Pretty murky. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported Susan F.)
"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) 30 09/23/21 Pigs are enjoying it. (Reported by Sue V702)
"Mallard Pond" (C09) 0 09/23/21 Dry. ot named on Coe Park map. NW junction of Willow Ridge Road & Coit Dam Road.  (Reported by Sue V702)
McAlister Pond (C79) 45 06/18/21 Four feet deep at deepest, lots of water plants. Not named on Coe Park map. South of Bear Mountain Peak. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)
Mississippi Lake (P01) 80 09/22/21

Would not recommend as a source of water. Near the dam: Blob of fire retardant floating in the water, disintegrating into tiny green chunks,  and heavy vegetation makes it impossible to get to clear water. Near Ramada: heavy vegetation, algae and mud from pigs ( I saw a family of them right by Ramada) accessing the lake makes it impossible to get to clear water. May be possible to get to the water from the road along the west shore at the south end of the lake. Water from the lake has strong smell. (Reported by Sue V702)  Photo 10/08/11 by Sue V702.

Mustang Pond (O20) 80 05/13/21 Had lots of water - beautiful. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by visitor Lisa F.) 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)  40 08/10/21 Less than half full but hard to tell from the road. South-east of intersection of Jackson and Wasno Roads. (Reported by Sue V702)
0 073119PondC15 No-Name Pond (C15) 70 05/28/21 Lots of moss and algae. West of Rock Tower Trail approx. 1/4 mile south of Jackson Road. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Rick V701) Photo 08/14/14 by V716
No-Name Pond (C20) 10 09/07/21 Some pond weed. Near intersection of Coit and Mahoney Meadows Roads. (Reported by Sue V702)
0 080319PondC23 No-Name Pond (C23) 0 07/15/21 Dry. This pond is located down the hill west of the Coit Horse Camp Corral at location 37.136036 -121.480011. (Reported by Sue V702)
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 05/17/21 Dry. Located just east of Long Dam Trail uphill from Edith Pond.  (Posted by Sue as reported by Rick V701)
No-Name Ponds (C37,C37C,C37D) 1 to 10 07/30/19 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, especially pigs.  (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C38) 1 06/06/21 Bowl Trail "washout" Pond. Has a leak and is not filling. Still full of cattails and mainly a muddy mess. Sulfur spring is still flowing.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Rick V701) Photo 07/09/11
No-Name Pond (C39) 50 07/06/21 Some pond weed. Below Bowl Trail "washout" Pond; on spur trail off and east of LWRT. (Posted by Sue as reported by visitor John B.) Photo 07/09/11
No-Name Pond (C40) 0 10/13/19 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. (Report by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C44) 50 02/13/20 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) 75 06/06/21 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.   (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Rick V701)
No-Name Pond (C52) 1 05/28/21 Just a pig wallow. Located 1/3 mile south of pond NN C-15 east of Rock Tower Trail.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Rick V701) Photo 03/04/18
No-Name Pond (C53) 25 12/07/19 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) 0 09/07/21 Dry. Located about 150 vertical feet below and to the east of Wagon Road south of Long Dam Pond at location 37.072731, -121.406564. (Reported by Sue V702)
No-Name Pond (C60) 0 09/07/21 Dry. Located at intersection of Wagon and Phegley Ridge Roads.  (Reported by Sue V702)
No-Name Pond (C63) 0 07/30/19 Located east of the JDT about 0.1 mile above the "picnic table".  (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C65) 50 07/23/19 Located 0.05 mile south of the LWRT about 0.7 trail miles up from HHR. (Reported by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (C67) 0 07/22/21 Dry. Located directly across Hunting Hollow Road from Fish Pond and up the hill a bit. (Reported by Sue V702)
No-Name Pond (C76) 0 07/30/19 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) 80 03/14/21 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) 10 09/25/19 Muddy looking shallow water. Located northwest of Rock Springs Peak about 0.1 miles from Vasquez Road. (Posted by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (CE13) 0 09/22/19 Completely dry. Located just southeast of the Wagon/Center Flats junction. (Report by Paul V708)
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) 20 07/31/21 Almost completely covered with vegetation. After filtering, water has no pond taste nor smell, though a bit yellow.  Would count on it for at least two weeks.  This pond is near the intersection of Red Creek Road and Robison Creek Trail. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)
No-Name Pond (O28) 05 02/04/20 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. (Report by Paul V708)
No-Name Pond (P15) 80 06/04/21 Some clear water, hard to get to through reeds, mostly a mud hole. 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 Steve V797)
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 03/14/21 Secluded pond located north of Center Flats Road approximately 1/10 mile west of Burra-Burra Trail intersection.This previously well-hidden gem is now visible from CFR to the south. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)
0 040619PondP25 No-Name Pond (P25) 20 03/03/21 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)

70 03/06/21 Water is clear.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)
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) 20 10/26/21 Mostly surrounded by cattails. Some bass. Lots of bull frogs. Water quality not great but you can access the water for purifying on the side closest to the road, furthest from the dam. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Susan F.)
Rodeo Pond (C35) 40 10/26/21 A little murky. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Susan F.) Photo 07/09/11/ by V708.
Scherrer Pond (P19) 75 07/08/21 Clear with some water plants. (Reported by Sue V702)
"Snake" Pond (P08) 20 09/23/21 Circled with weeds.  Not named on Coe Park map; west side of Coit Road approx. 1/2 mile north of intersection with Wagon Road.  (Reported by Sue V702)
Tule Pond (C45) 20 08/14/21 About 20%, dead animal in the water, it is possible to get to water. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Elena V720)
Turkey Pond (O26) 90 03/13/21 Full and clear. (Reported by Sue V702)
Wasno Pond (C47) 20 10/18/21 Quality not great but usable if necessary. Algae, mud all around, no good access to water  Confirmed report of bass still in pond. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Susan F.)
"Willson Peak Pond" (C41) 80 02/13/20 Unnamed on park map. Quarter mile NW of Wilson Peak. Washout in dam has reduced its depth by another 3 feet. (Reported by Paul V708)
"Willson Camp Pond" (C36) 10 12/01/20 Unnamed on park map. Choked with vegetation and a popular hog wallow but usually a reliable source of water. Some clear pools accessible.  (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)
Will's Pond (O25) 60 11/19/19 Covered with an amazing algae bloom. (Reported by Sue V702) Photo 01/27/18 by V785.
Woodcutter's Pond (C66) 0 10/21/20 Dry. (Posted by Sue V702)
Wood Duck Pond (P07) 40 09/23/21 Water surrounded by growth of cattails.  (Reported by Sue V702)
"Woodpecker Trail Pond" (O27) 90 03/06/21 Not shown on park map, located where Woodpecker Trail meets Kaiser Aetna Road. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)
"Yellowjacket Trail Pond" (P18) 70 03/06/21 Muddy. Dam/spillway is threatened after last winter's storms. Unnamed on park map. (Posted by Sue V702 as reported by Larry V785)

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