Before visiting the watershed, plan your trip in advance.
- Mt. Tamalpais Road and Trail Visitor Map
- One Tam: What is a Healthy Forest? A Self-Guided Walk at Lake Lagunitas, Mt. Tamalpais
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Driving Directions to Watershed Points of Interest
- Sky Oaks, Bon Tempe Reservoir and Lake Lagunitas
- Soulajule Reservoir
- Leo T. Cronin Fish Viewing Area
Located along Lagunitas Creek is one of the Bay Area's most popular fish-viewing areas. The best time to see spawning fish is in December and January. It is open to the public sunrise to sunset. Keep in mind that the small parking lot fills up quickly, particularly on weekends.
- Marin County Public Land
A vehicle parking fee is required when entering the watershed at Sky Oaks Watershed Headquarters, except for vehicles with a disability placard.
Permits and Picnic Reservations
Permits are required for commercial filming, photography, group activities with more than 20 participants, commercial groups, and scientific research activities. A permit is also required to reserve a picnic site. There are two sites available for reservation at the Lake Lagunitas Picnic Grounds – the group area (up to 75) or the shelter area (up to 25).
Plan your route in advance and be sure to check for any restrictions or guidelines in place
Wear sunscreen, protective attire, and appropriate footwear
Bring enough water for yourself and your dog or horse
To avoid ticks, stay in the middle of trails, use insect repellant, and tuck pants into your socks. Do a tick-check after recreating outdoors.
Look where you’re stepping to maintain distance from snakes or other wildlife
Keep away from poison oak, recognized by its shiny, three-leaf pattern
Be courteous and pass others with caution. Uphill traffic has the right of way.
Stay home if you’re sick
Cell connectivity may be limited. Tell a responsible person where you are going and when you plan to return.