Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area
lake reflection
play area
lifeguard watch building

Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area

15501 East Arrow Highway
Irwindale, CA  91706
(626) 334-1065

Driving Directions 
or Go Car Free - Bike or Take Public Transit



Park Hours:

Summer/Fall:   6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  (May 1st - October 31st)

Winter/Spring:  6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (November 1 - April 30th)

(Closed Christmas Day)


Swim Beach and Water Play Area Information:


The Swim beach will open weekends and holidays only starting May 26, 2018.  

Beginning Thursday, June 21, 2018 through September 3, 2018, and the Swim beach will be open Thursday – Sunday including holidays, closing for the season on September 4, 2018

*All swim beaches will continue to be closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer months 
(Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend).

*Swim beaches will be open starting Memorial Day weekend (weekends only).  After Father's Day Weekend the swim beach will be open (Thursdays through Sundays) only.


Children's Water Play Area Requirements:

Santa Fe Dam Water play Area will open weekends and holidays only starting May 26, 2018  thru September 3,2018.

Open Weekends & Holidays from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day. 

Proper swimming attire must be worn by all who enter the Water Play Area.  Including children and the adults supervising them.

Cost: $2.00 per person and session; four (4) sessions per day; 90 minutes each.


1st Session 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

2nd Session 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

3rd Session 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


4th Session 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


 Children no taller than 52 inches allowed.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Children should be potty trained, if not swim diapers are required.

Admission Fees

Vehicle Entry Fee: $10.00 Daily

                               Summer/Fall: March 1st - October 31st

Vehicle Entry Fee: $10.00 Weekends and Holidays

                               Winter/Spring: November 1st - Feb 28th

Seniors and Disabled Person’s Vehicle: $5.00 Excludes Weekends & Holidays

Vehicle Driver must be 65 years or older and Disabled Person must present current placard. 

Bus: $30.00 daily (Year Round)       

Limousine: $16.00 daily (Year Round)

Recreational Vehicle: $14.00 daily (Year Round)

Boat Launching (Non Motorized):  $7.00 (Year Round)

Boat Launching (Motorized): $11.00 (Year Round)

Vehicle Annual Transferable Permit: $140.00

Senior Vehicle Annual Transferable Permit: $75.00 (Excludes Holidays & Special Events)

Senior Boat Launching Annual Permit (Motorized): $65.00

Senior Boat Launching Annual Permit (Non Motorized): $50.00

Boat Launching Annual Permit (Motorized): $135.00

Boat Launching Annual Permit (Non Motorized): $105.00


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Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area is nestled at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains and is considered one of the many hidden jewels of Southern California.  This 836-acre facility boasts a serene 70-acre lake with year-round fishing and non-motorized watercraft usage.  During the summer months, the recreational area highlights a five-acre chlorinated swim beach and the unique Water Play Area.   The facility is home to many protected native plants and animals. The Nature Center is operated and staffed by volunteers of the San Gabriel Mountains Regional Conservancy offering educational, interpretive and walking tours throughout the year.


Large picnic areas are available for group, family and company picnics.  Smaller picnic areas are also available on a first come, first serve basis or by reservation.  
To reserve a picnic area for your special event or to find out more about any of the activities below, please call the park office at (626) 334-1065.


Additional facilities available at the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area include:


  • Boat Launch Area ( Non-motorized crafts only)
  • Bicycle, Walking and Equestrian Trails
  • Wheel Fun Rentals (Cycle and rowboat rentals, kayaks, and pedal boats)
  • Snack Bar (operated by Wheel Fun Rentals)
  • Organized Youth Group Camping (Coed camping unavailable)
  • Swim Beach (open summer months only Thursday – Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
  • Water Play Area (Open Saturday & Sunday ONLY during the summer months.)
  • 2 Children's Playgrounds
  • Outdoor Fitness Center (Adults Only)
  • RV camping (Approved Special Events Only)

Recreation Programs

"Help Your Teenager acquire Life-Saving Skills. . ."

Sign up for the LA County Lake Junior Lifeguard Program       9 to 17 years

June through August                                                     8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $185.00 per session


Special Events


Renaissance Pleasure Faire                                                                             All ages

Weekends April, 9th – May 22nd, 2016                                    10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information:


Southern California Rocket Association                                                         All ages

Rocket Launches                                                                      7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Twice a Month (Call for launch dates)

Fee: No Charge

For more information:


The Friends of Santa Fe Dam’s Moonlight Fishing                                      All ages

The last Friday of every month – May to September               6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Fee:     Adults (16 years and above): $10.00

 Children (15 and under): Free


Santa Fe Dam Radio Control                                                                            All ages

Model Airplane Group

For more information: Ed Roberts, Secretary @ 626.358.9394

Fee:  Membership Fee Varies