Lake Temescal

Temescal Regional Recreation Area

Hours
Open between 5am and 10pm unless otherwise posted or permitted
Gate Hours: 8am - 10pm
Park Curfew: 10pm - 5am
Swim Hours & Fees: Swim area is OPEN. Swim at your own risk.
Fees
Parking: Apply April through October. $5 per vehicle (when kiosk is attended); $4 per trailered vehicle. Buses: $25/per bus in the North lot only. No vehicle access for Buses or trailered vehicles in the South Broadway Terrace parking lot.
Dogs: $2 per dog. Guide/service dogs free.
Address
North Entrance: 6500 Broadway Oakland, CA 94618
South Entrance: 6502 Broadway Terrace Oakland, CA 94618
Phone
Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4561

Park Activities

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biking
Biking
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fishing
Fishing
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Hiking
Hiking
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Kid friendly
Kid-Friendly
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Picnicing
Picnicking
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swimming
Swimming

Lake Temescal Water Quality Conditions

 

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.

    To Reach The Park

    Park 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.

    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 on use of the chair and arrange a time for it to be returned.

    Beach House

    This facility is wheelchair accessible.

    Fishing Pier / Dock

    The wheelchair accessible fishing pier and picnic table are located on East Shore Trail. The pier was dedicated in 1988 to the memory of Robert Clinton Lee, son of Dr. and Mrs. Clinton Lee of Oakland. Learn about the Lee family's contributions and fund-raising efforts for the pier.

    Playgrounds

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

    Attractions

    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.

    Swimming

    Notice: Swim area is OPEN. Swim at your own risk. No kayaks or personal watercraft are allowed in Lake Temescal.

    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. Visit Lake Temescal Swim page.

    Swim Facilities Capacity Notice
    Once the swim facility capacity is reached, there will be no new entries allowed for the remainder of the day (or at the discretion of the Park Supervisor), for the safety of the public. Please take this into consideration when planning your visit.

    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.

    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.