Calero Water & Wags Festival


Dogs in Boat

Let's kick off boating season in a big way!

Join us for a FREE family and pet-friendly event. Learn about vessel and aquatic safety focusing on conservation, community, and the value of companion animals!


Meet Mussel Dogs!

Come meet our newest members of the conservation team: Mussel Dogs!

Nothing is more efficient than a conservation canine detecting and preventing aquatic invasive species, especially the dreaded quagga or zebra mussel. Most of our canine inspectors have been rescued from shelters and trained to be integral partners.

Marlin - Mussel Dogs


Here is Marlin. This absolutely sweet boy was let go from a prison dog training program during the height of Covid and we were lucky enough to get him through Train a Rescue. One of the very few mussel detection dogs that could also be a service dog, he is just that fantastic!

From Mussel Dogs - Meet Our Pack - Marlin

Dog in chair


Dory is a sweet black Labrador with boundless energy. She is our first focused trained dog to keep from having to sit on the hot asphalt. 

From Mussel Dogs - Meet Our Pack - Dory

About Water & Wags!

This special event will include a resource fair focused on preventing protecting our water systems, boater and personal safety, and the value of companion animals in the community. The event will feature the beautiful Calero Reservoir, and this is a wonderful opportunity to share information, services, and resources with the local community.

Families are welcome! Well-mannered leashed furry friends are welcome! 

Interested in volunteering at this event? Sign up here to Volunteer! 



Calero Water & Wags Festival includes:

  • FREE Meet and Greet with our Mussel Dogs*
  • FREE Safety Resource Fair
  • FREE Fishing Information
  • FREE Kayaking*
  • FREE Entertainment
  • FREE Family Games and Activities*
  • FREE Naturalist Lead Hikes*
  • FREE Water Station*
  • Pet Adoptions Onsite
  • Learn about employment opportunities in Santa Clara County
  • Food Trucks

*While supplies last


How to Get There

Calero County Park Location: 
23205 McKean Rd San Jose, CA 95120
Park Office: (408) 535-4070

Shuttles to and from the event will be available from the main park entrance. Masks will be required on the shuttle. ADA parking is available at the boat launch entrance.

Traveling to the park on southbound Highway 101, exit Bailey Ave (Exit 373) and turn right.  Head west on Bailey Ave until you reach McKean Rd. Turn left for the main park entrance and turn right for vessel inspections at the reservoir.

Traveling on northbound Highway 101, exit Bailey Ave (Exit 373) and turn left onto Bailey Ave heading west. Continue on Bailey Ave until you reach McKean Rd and make a right. In 0.5 miles is the entrance to the reservoir.


Activities Available Year-Round at Calero County Park

The reservoir is open year-round to both power and non-power vessels. Powerboating, sailing, fishing, water-skiing, and jet-skiing are all activities for which Calero Reservoir is ideally suited. Two sites near the water's edge include picnic tables and barbecues and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A reservable group picnic area is also available. Group picnic and boating reservations can be made online at Go Outside and Play or call (408) 355-2201.

The backcountry offers 18.9 miles of trails available to hikers and equestrians. At the trailhead is a large staging area, which can accommodate vehicle and equestrian parking and is adjacent to the park office. Bicyclists can now enjoy the 0.5-mile segment of the Serpentine Loop Trail that connects to Longwall Canyon Trail in the Open Space Authority’s Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve. All users will now be able to use trails that connect these two parks.

Dogs on a leash will be allowed on the Bald Peaks Trail and all trails north of the Bald Peaks Trail.

First-come, first-served picnic sites with barbeques are available. This area may be reserved for organized events and gatherings. Arrangements can be made with park staff for various interpretive programs and outdoor projects.


Mercury has been found to accumulate in Calero Reservoir at levels that make the fish from Calero Reservoir unsafe to eat.

The park is open year-round from 8 a.m. until sunset. The reservoir use hours are 8 a.m. until 30 minutes before sunset. Reservoir and vehicle use fees are collected daily. Launch and entry fees are posted at the kiosk. There is no fee for parking at the trailhead staging area.

Access Fees Information Here: Park Fees



In compliance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ('ADA'), the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its programs, services, or activities. The Department will make reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disability have an equal opportunity to enjoy our programs, services, facilities, and activities. If you need assistance with an ADA request, please contact our ADA Coordinator.

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