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Lake Anza, Berkeley

4.4
#10 of 16 in Parks in Berkeley
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Lake Anza is a recreational swimming reservoir in Tilden Regional Park, which is located in the Berkeley Hills above Berkeley, California.

The lake was created by the construction of the C L Tilden Park Dam in 1938. It was named by the East Bay Regional Park Board in honor of Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza.
The lake is open for swimming from May to September. During this time there is an entry fee required, lifeguards are on duty, and a snack bar is open. The swimming area is restricted to the water alongside a sandy and grassy beach area which is about 70 yards (64 m) long. There is an adult swim area with a length of 44 yards (40 m).
The lake area includes amenities such as changing rooms, bathrooms (toilets), and large parking areas. There are areas around the lake reserved for waterfowl, and other areas for dogs.
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  • A great recreational area up in the hills, a place to swim or picnic in warm weather, a place to hike always. A huge area.  more »
  • you can hike around the lake, go swimming (a lake so no waves), veg out at the beach.(very clean) free parking  more »
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  • Great place for relatively easy hike. Plenty of parking and shade along the trail next to a clean and clear lake
  • Nice lake, and nice hiking trails. The beach is nice, though busy.

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