Lake Temescal is a reservoir in Temescal Regional Park, located in northeastern Oakland, California. Originally a sag pond, the lake was expanded only after the construction of a dam, which is 600 feet long and rises above the Temescal Creek. Renowned as a famous spot for swimming, fishing, sunbathing, and picnicking, the lake was constructed in 1940 by Works Progress Administration crews.
Lake Temescal is one of eleven fishing lakes for recreational anglers in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties accommodating within itself- rainbow trout, largemouth bass, red-ear sunfish, bluegill, and catfish. The lake contains amenities including an artificial recreational beach, a boathouse, a trail-system, and picnic areas equipped with picnic tables and barbeque pits, and a playground.
In close proximity is the beach house, fringed with a rose garden, available for rental parties and events such as weddings. It is designed with a patio, kitchen, changing rooms, and easily accessible by physically disabled guests. Landvale Station Trail, East Shore Trail are seen filled with bicyclists whereas West Shore Trail and Oak Bay Trail are often seen filled with hikers. From April to October, swimming is permitted only in the designated swim area around the beach with either under the watch of lifeguards or at one’s own risk.
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