Temescal Regional Recreation Area

Notice
On Tuesday, September 25, 2018 contractors will be installing new traffic controllers at the North Temescal parking lot entrance. Work will be going on through Thursday, September 27, 2018. Direction signs and safety cones will be in place to direct traffic flow through one gate only (the entrance side). The exiting gate will be closed until the work is complete and will reopen on Friday, September 28, 2018.
Water Quality
Swim Beach is Open | Conditions  [PDF]Monitoring Program

The District regularly monitors Lake Temescal to ensure the water quality meets acceptable levels for fishing and swimming.  Water quality samples are taken from four locations around the Lake; including the swim beach.  If any water quality concerns are detected, warning signs are posted accordingly. 
Because the creeks contributing to the Lake are not intended as fishing or swimming locations, the District does not conduct routine water quality monitoring of these areas. Former monitoring results of the creek have indicated that the creek does not always meet acceptable levels for fishing or swimming. Therefore, we have posted advisory signs along the creek channels and recommend visitors fish and swim in Lake Temescal where we can confirm water quality levels are acceptable. 

Park Info

Address
North Entrance
6500 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618


South Entrance
6502 Broadway Terrace
Oakland, CA 94618


Fees
Parking:
Apply April through October. $5 per vehicle (when kiosk is attended); $4 per trailered vehicle. Buses: $25/per bus.
Dogs: $2 per dog. Guide/service dogs free

Park Cerfew
10pm - 5am

Gate Hours
8am - 10pm
Open between 5am and 10pm unless otherwise posted or permitted

Phone Number
Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4561

Maps
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About The Park

Located next to the junction of highways 24 and 13 in Oakland, Temescal is a convenient urban oasis, popular for swimming, fishing, sunbathing, and picnicking.

Wildflower Photo Guide

  • Temescal - 1.8 Mb, 11 x 8.5, 14 pp. [PDF]

History

Originally constructed as a storage lake for drinking water, Temescal opened to the public in 1936 as one of the District's first three parks. The handsome stone building overlooking its lake was constructed in 1940 by Works Progress Administration crews.

Park Features

Beach House

This historic indoor/outdoor Beach House facility is popular for weddings, parties, corporate events, etc. The setting is casual to elegant with a panoramic view of Lake Temescal. It accommodates 80 seated or 130 standing guests. It features a small food preparation room, two rooms connected into an L shape, a bridal changing room, and a patio surrounded by gardens. Catering is available. For more information call 1-888-EBPARKS OR 1-888-327-2757, press option 2. This facility is wheelchair accessible.

Park Activities

Swimming

The swim area is open spring through fall, with lifeguards on duty during posted periods. Swimming is permitted only in the designated swim area.  Dogs are not allowed in the lake and the beach . Swimming is also allowed at your own risk when lifeguards are not on duty when the park is open from April through October. There is a beach access fee. Call the park office (510) 544-4561 for details or visit the Swim Facilities page.

Conditions [PDF]
Monitoring Program

Hiking

A paved trail running the length of the park is wheelchair accessible. STAY ON TRAILS to help control erosion and to minimize contact with poison oak, which is abundant. 

Fishing

The lake is stocked periodically with rainbow trout through the winter months and catfish in the summer. Other fish in residence include largemouth bass, red-eared sunfish, bluegill. Fishing is not allowed from the dam, in the swimming area, or in the stream. Please see our Stewardship page, for more information regarding fishing at District parks.

Picnicking

There are picnic areas at both ends of the lake, several of them reservable for groups, and eight acres of lawn.

Biking

Bicycle restrictions apply within the park. Please observe posted restrictions. Bicycles must stay on the paved East Shore Trail or on the paved bike path along the park's eastern boundary, and riders must observe the 5 mph speed limit. During the summer swim season (April-September) bicycles must be walked through the swim beach area.

Park Video

Download: Temescal Movie Clip (8.3 MB QuickTime movie)

ADA accessibility iconPark Accessibility

Reservable Picnic Areas

North Temescal, Stream Side, Park View and Big Rock have accessible drinking fountains and barbeques. Stream Side and Big Rock are accessible by compacted gravel pathway. North Temescal is wheelchair accessible. Park View is not wheelchair accessible.

Trails

Landvale Station Trail and East Shore Trail are wheelchair accessible. East Shore Trail has an accessible drinking fountain. West Shore Trail and Oak Bay Trail are not wheelchair accessible.

Dam Trail Accessibility Report: Download PDFDownload MS Word

Restrooms

All restrooms are wheelchair accessible.

Swim Area

Beach wheelchairs, intended to provide a means for wheelchair users to travel across the beach, are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. They require an assistant to push and are not intended to enter the water. To arrange for use of a chair, call the park office at (510) 652-1155. Arrangements will be made to bring the chair out to the beach. It takes approximately 15 minutes to prepare the chair. Staff will give a brief orientation to the chair and arrange a time for the chair to be returned.

Beach House

This facility is wheelchair accessible.

Fishing Dock

The wheelchair accessible fishing dock and picnic table are located on East Shore Trail.

Playgrounds

The south playground and drinking fountain are wheelchair accessible. The north playground has no wheelchair access.

To Reach The Park

Temescal is located next to the Highway 24/Highway 13 interchange in Oakland. Ample parking is available at the north end of the park, accessible from Broadway. Limited parking is available at the south end, accessible from Broadway Terrace. To reach the larger north end lot from the south end, drive east on Broadway Terr., go under Highway 13 and turn left onto the Highway 13 on ramp. Transition onto Highway 24 east (Walnut Creek), exit at Old Tunnel Road, and turn right at the exit onto Broadway and proceed west to the north end parking lot entrance on the left. The north end entrance is the closest entry point to access the Beach House.

Public Transit

AC Transit: 511 or 817-1717; TDD (hearing impaired line)/TTY: 800-448-9790; website: www.transit.511.org; ParaTransit: 510-287-5000.

Transit & Trails :  Temescal Regional Recreation Area  (transit, biking, and walking directions)

Trail Map

Click the map image below to see an enlarged version.

Events:

Sunday, October 28, 2018

10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Sunday Stroll: Lake Temescal

Saturday, November 10, 2018

8:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
Fishing - Trout Basics

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