Swim at Lake Anza in Tilden Park

San Francisco Lake Anza

Added by Tyler Drake

  • Great summer swimming hole
  • Lifeguards on duty during warmer months
  • Wind protected area

Lake Anza makes for a great warm weather swimming hole. The parking area is close to the beach along with the trail, which will take you around the lake. The beach gets plenty of sun and is fairly wind protected, which makes for a relaxing day. Bring some picnic food out to the lake and snag your spot early or stop at one of the park's picnic areas and enjoy lunch before or after going for a swim.

Lake Anza also has a cafe in the event that you you're looking to pick up a few things. Keep in mind that dogs aren't allowed at the lake's swimming area. There are lifeguards present for the warmer months and a small fee to enter. Get up-to-date information on Tilden Park's swimming area here.

Photo: Justin C.

Pack List

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks
  • Entrance Fee
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Chillin, Swimming

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Spring, Summer, Autumn



Easy Parking
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole

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about 1 year ago

Great spot for a hot day with jumping rocks!

Lake Anza is a great little swim spot tucked in the Berkeley Hills. Here are a few extra tips for going: - To avoid paying fees, arrive around 5:30pm. You'll still get plenty of sunlight and less people. - The lifeguards are off duty at 6pm so that means the whole lake is free game. Swim across to the other side or hike around. There are huge rocks directly across the designated swim area that make for a fun jump into the Lake. - If you're looking for a quieter experience, try to come on the weekdays. Note that this is a recreational lake, so there are often other visitors. It's not one of those "desolate wilderness" type of places but still a great break from the world!

about 1 year ago

Added by Tyler Drake

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