Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming
Dogs can not go into the lake.
You'll make two scenic loops around the lake on this run.
Need to Know
Swimming and fishing are often closed due to algae, so check the webpage
This is quite busy on the weekends, so run early.
Using this run, you can run every trail in the park in one visit. The area is great for picnics, fishing, swimming, and birdwatching.
For the first loop around the lake use the inner West Shore Trail
heading southeast. Loop around the east shore of the lake to join the East Shore Trail
. On the next loop around use the outer Oak Bay Trail
then follow the East Shore Trail
back to the parking lot.
There are some nice places to stop along this route, however, don't expect much seclusion. This is a popular urban park near the highway. It may be lovely, but it is certainly not remote.
Flora & Fauna
Redwoods, blackberries, iris, oaks, and French broom grow here.
History & Background
Temescal Lake opened to public use in 1936. Built for housing drinking water, the park was eventually updated in 1940 by Works Progress Administration crews with a beautiful stone building.