City-owned Lodi Lake has been a local favorite since its dedication in June 1934.
The lake originally took shape as the low-lying land filled with water backed up by the first brush and wood dams built in 1889 and 1891 on the Mokelumne River downstream at Woodbridge. The flood of 1895 also helped create the lakebed. The Woodbridge dam and creation of the same-named water district increased the size of the lake over the years.
Today, the lake is best known for its miles and miles of waterways that can be traversed by kayak, with its habitat perfect for birdwatching a close second in popularity.
The Lodi Boathouse offers kayak and paddle board rentals, kayaking tours including monthly Full Moon Tours, and lessons. For more information on kayak rentals, visit: www.lodiboathouse.com.
The Lodi Lake area is a birdwatcher’s paradise, boasting everything from waterfowl to cranes to raptors. A few birds that frequent the Lodi Lake area include the Sandhill Crane, Northern Pintail Duck, Tundra Swan, Swainson’s Hawk and Yellow-billed Magpie.
Lodi Lake is part of the Lodi Lake Park, which features picnic areas, nature trails and a separate beach for swimming.
There is a minimal fee for entry into the park, swim area, and docent-guided group tours.
Individual tent camping is not allowed, but groups with a minimum of 12 RVs are allowed to camp at the lake if booked in advance.
Lodi Lake Beach features a large sandy beach and recreational swim area. From Aug. 5 through Sept. 4 the beach is open from noon to 2:45 p.m. and then 3:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only. The cost is $3 per person per session to swim.
1101 Turner Rd., Lodi
There is a $5 daily parking fee; and $13 daily boat launch fee