Echo Park Lake is the centerpiece of the City’s crown jewel of parks. The 13-acre urban lake is surrounded by 16 acres of recreational open space all located in the Echo Park/Silverlake neighborhood. Historical records indicate the lake may have been originally built as a water supply reservoir in the 1860’s and possibly also managed as a flood detention facility.

Today, the lake serves as a detention basin in the City’s storm drainage system while providing waterfowl habitat and recreational opportunities. The surrounding parklands, charming footbridge, quaint boathouse, beautiful lotus beds, and wetlands have captivated the public for decades. The lake offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy paddle boating, catch-and-release fishing, model boating, jogging, and strolls around the perimeter pathway.

Approved Prop O Projects


Echo Park Lake was identified in the 2006 California 303 (d) list as being impaired by algae, ammonia, copper, eutrophic (low oxygen) conditions, lead, odor, PCBs, pH, and trash. The lake was originally intended to be a flood control basin to help manage peak flows during storm events. Restoration of the lake is essential to meet water quality standards as well as the needs of the surrounding community. The project objectives are:

Improve water quality in the lake so it can make a positive contribution to the quality of urban runoff in the Los Angeles River Watershed as a part of the Prop O objectives and TMDL requirements

Reduce the amount of lake water seeping into the surrounding soils. This exfiltration requires a significant amount of potable water to keep the lake full during drier months

Protect and enhance the full range of community uses in the park
Implement multipurpose solutions at the lake consistent with Proposition O objectives including water supply, water quality, flood reduction, stormwater reuse, and recreation.

If you have questions or comments, please call the outreach coordinator at (213) 978-0333. The project description, concepts and design are preliminary and subject to change.