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Park Info

Address
Doolittle Dr. & Swan Way
Oakland, CA

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Tidewater Boating Center
4675-A Tidewater Ave.
Oakland, CA 94601

Phone Numbers
510-562-1373
Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4541

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Maps
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Park/Gate Hours
Nov.- Jan.
  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
February
  8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
March-April
  8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
May-August
  8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
September
  8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
October
  8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Park Events
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Parking Fee
No fee
Parking for major sporting and Coliseum events: $10-$20/vehicle

Dog Fee
No fee. Dogs are not allowed in the marsh areas. Dogs must be on leash (six-foot maximum) elsewhere in the park.

Grazing Information
Grazing in the Parks

Camping Reservations
No reservable campgrounds

Picnic Reservations
1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2

Shoreline Center Rental Info
1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2

Emergency Number
911

EBRPD Headquarters
1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757

Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline

Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline

 

Notice

The water will be shut down intermittently on Sunday, June 8, 2014 and closed during daylight hours Saturday, June 14, 2014 on the Doolittle Dr. side of Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline. Chemical toilets and a wash station will be provided to help with restroom needs.

The gates will be closed on the Doolittle Dr. side of Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline on Monday, June 16, 2014 and Friday, June 20, 2014 to resurface and paint the two parking lots. Services will still be provided at Arrowhead Marsh and all the other parking lots at Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline.

As of Monday, September 2, 2013, the boardwalk at Arrowhead Marsh is closed due to structural damage. The boardwalk will remain closed until further notice and will reopen as soon as it is made accessible and safe for public use. 

About The Park

Next to the commercial bustle of Oakland International Airport is a 741-acre park leased from the Port of Oakland, protecting the remainder of a once-extensive marshland at San Leandro Bay

At the intersection of Doolittle Drive and Swan Way is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Grove, completed with community support and dedicated in 1993. The grove consists of a group of trees surrounding a grassy glade. There is also a brick wall inscribed with donors' names.

The 50-acre Arrowhead Marsh is a stopover on the Pacific Flyway and is part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network--dogs must be on-leash at all times.

Roger Berry's sculpture "Duplex Cone" traces the sun's summer and winter solstice paths through the sky.

Another part of San Leandro Bay is accessible from a parking lot at the north end of Edgewater Drive. Garretson Point is named in honor of the late Fred Garretson, a Tribune reporter whose stories inspired successful efforts at bayland preservation. Access to Damon Marsh is from Oakport Drive in Oakland.  

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Park Features

Shoreline Center

This indoor/outdoor facility is popular for corporate events, weddings, parties, etc. The setting is casual with beautiful views of the bay and a variety of shorebirds. It accommodates 60 seated or 125 standing guests. It features a commercial kitchen, a main room, and a large outdoor deck. Catering is available. For more information call 1- 888-EBPARKS OR 1-888-327-2757, press option 2.

This facility is wheelchair accessible.

Tidewater Boating Center

The Tidewater Boating Center, located off Tidewater Avenue in Oakland, sits on the shore of the Oakland Estuary in San Leandro Bay at Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline. This shoreline complex has an ADA accessible dock that is a popular launch area for kayakers. Also available are turf sites for picnicking and shoreline access for fishing. The 12,300-square-foot complex consists of a boathouse, training area, boat storage facility, Recreation Department offices, and a security residence. The Oakland Strokes, a non-profit junior rowing organization for middle and high schools, operates the main boathouse and indoor training area and provides outreach to neighborhood youths in the sport of competitive rowing. Other organizations will be leased space to provide on-the-water experiences with boating and water safety, sea kayaking, canoeing, and other water-related recreational programs. Park District recreation programs will take advantage of the estuary access and the Bay Trail connection at the park, and include biking, nature study, kayaking, and canoeing programs. 

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Park Activities

Picnicking

Several other picnic areas are reached by way of a park road leading north from Swan Way. At the road's end is Arrowhead Marsh picnic area, with one of the largest turfgrass playing fields in the District. Next to the picnic area is an observation platform with a wheelchair access ramp, and a children's play area.

Birdwatching

Have breakfast with the birds at Doolittle Pond or observe their fascinating daylight antics from many San Leandro Bay perspectives. Hike along the trail from Hegenberger Road along the San Leandro Creek Channel to Arrowhead Marsh, or enter the park from the north end of Edgewater Drive.

Hiking and Bicycling

Throughout the 741-acre Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline there are paved trails suitable for hiking, bicycling, running and jogging. Along the trail on the east side of the park there is an exercise course. Glimpses of the changing sunset are best caught at Arrowhead Marsh and Garretson Point.

Fishing

State Fish and Game rules apply at San Leandro Bay. A California State Fishing License is required for those 16 years and older when fishing from shore in open bay waters. For additional information on fishing in the District, visit the Fishing section of this site.

Sunbathing

Off Doolittle Drive a mile north of Hegenberger Road is Doolittle Beach. Facilities there include picnic areas with barbecues and a boat launch ramp. Swimming is not allowed. 

Boat Launching

A two-lane boat launch is located at the south parking lot along Doolittle Drive. There is no boat launch fee. Motorized boats and hovercraft are not allowed in marshland areas. Motorized vessels are restricted during certain times of the year due to bird migration and nesting in the marshes. For more boating and sailing information, visit the Boating and Sailing page.

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ADA accessibility iconPark Accessibility

Wheelchair access in the park includes parking, curb cuts, paved trails, fishing access, restrooms, drinking fountains, and a marsh overlook platform. The Shoreline Center is wheelchair accessible.

Trail Accessibility Report

Arrowhead Marsh Trail: Download PDF format | Download Word format

To Reach The Park

From I-880 in Oakland, exit at Hegenberger Road and head west. Turn right onto Doolittle Drive (Hwy. 61) and right again onto Swan Way. You will then turn left into the park for access to trails, a large grassy play area, reservable picnic areas, and a boardwalk out to the Arrowhead Marsh. Continuing on Doolittle Drive will bring you to a boat ramp, reservable picnic areas, and fishing piers.

Public Transit

Call 511 (TDD (hearing impaired line)/TTY: 1-800-448-9790) or visit www.transit.511.org to confirm transit information.

Trail Map

Click the map image below to see an enlarged version.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Trail Map

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Directions for navigating the enlarged map:

When the enlarged version of the map opens click on the 'Full Expand' icon in the lower right hand corner of the map to see the 'Actual Size' map.

 

'Full Expand' icon > Full Expand

When the 'Actual Size' map is viewable, you can 'Click-Hold and Drag' the mouse button (left on a PC) to reposition the map, as desired.

'Single-Click' on the 'Enlarged' or 'Actual Size' map to return to the park page.

Interpretive Panels

 Click on the images below to open a full size PDF version of the Interpretive Panels.
 A Restored Marsh - JPG    Loss Of Wetlands - JPG
     
 Recovering Wetlands- JPG    Restored Wetlands - JPG