Regional Parks - Mather Regional Park


On land previously operated by the Air Force, Mather Regional Park has now become the home to a wide range of activities. Where B-52 bombers once practiced take offs and landings, soaring kites and model airplanes now fill the sky. Here, civilian golfers yell "Fore!" where once officers and enlisted men swung their clubs. New homes and businesses are springing up in the area, and a county-operated airport remains in business nearby.

Fast Facts:

  • This 1600 acre park is among the fastest growing in our region, with new activities and opportunities appearing frequently.

How to Get There:

From U.S. Highway 50, take the Zinfandel Drive exit a​nd head south. Continue onto Eagles Nest Road to Mather Regional Park. Turn left into the park.

(Please note that Zinfandel Drive south of Douglas Road has been renamed Eagles Nest Road. Some GPS systems may not yet reflect this change)

View Mather Regional Park Map​


  • Eighteen holes await at the Mather Golf Course, a 168-acre course with plenty of trees.
  • Families can enjoy the new group picnic area at the park's entrance. This lakeside
    area offers plenty of picnic opportunities for groups and families, and can be reserved
    in advance.
  • Mather Lake is stocked with bass or trout, depending on the time of year. Off the beaten path, it is among the area's best-kept secret fishing holes. A State of California Fishing License​ is required to fish at Mather Lake. 
  • Nature lovers and young children will be thrilled to see the rare vernal pools and wetlands that dot the area like tiny wild gardens. Watch fish and frogs alongside these pools, or look closer to discover why the rare fairy shrimp got its name.
  • Come fall and spring, the pools and lake will fill with the sounds
    of beating wings and haunting birdcalls, as many migrating birds
    use Mather Regional Park as a rest stop on their long journeys.
    The "bird-brained" will thrill to see their flight and perhaps add a
    few new entries to their life-long sightings

Hours and Fees:

The park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Parking fees are
collected 365 days per year. ​

Park Fees:

  • $7 per vehicle
  • $13 Vehicles with Trailer (ex. Boat or Horse) or RV
  • $28​ Bus
  • Vehicle fees increase over Summer Holiday Weekends.

Picnics Allowed: Yes

Additional Information:

Learn more about the mystery of the vernal pools​​ at Mather Regional Park.​