Temescal Regional Recreation Area

The Temescal Lower West Shore Trail will be CLOSED until further notice due to storm damage.

Swim Area CLOSED. NO swimming allowed.

The South Temescal play structure will be CLOSED from November 15 to December 12 due to repairs taking place.

Water Quality Notice
There are no cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) advisories at this time. See Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae) Updates for more info.
Conditions [PDF] | Monitoring Program | Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae) Updates
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. More info.

Park Info

North Entrance
6500 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618

South Entrance
6502 Broadway Terrace
Oakland, CA 94618

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.

Park Curfew
10pm - 5am

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

Swim Hours & Fees
 Swim area is CLOSED. No Swimming Allowed.
If parking and or swim capacity is reached, entrance gates may close for the day. 
Swim Facilities Schedule

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

Trail Map
> Park Map [PDF]
Google Map

Temescal Regional Recreation Area Photo

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.

Wild Plant Guide


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


Temescal Swim Beach Photo

Notice: Swim area CLOSED due to unsafe cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) levels. Swimming NOT permitted. 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. Call the park office (510) 544-4561 for details or visit the Swim Facilities 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.


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. 


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.


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


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.

Wild Plant Guides

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.


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


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.


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.

Trail Map

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