Reflections of a new Echo Park Lake

Echo Park Lake is beginning to look like its old self. Photo by Jeremy Simon

Jeremy Simon’s photo of palm trees and a boathouse reflected in the waters Echo Park Lake might give the impression that the lake had been refilled after being emptied for a nearly two-year-long clean up.  Not quite. The photo below provides an idea of how much of the lake remains dry. But last month the process of officially refilling the lake with 26 million gallons of water began and is expected to be completed by the end of February, according to a city official working on the project (Small amounts of water were poured into sections of the lake in October but that was to help establish some aquatic plants).

With relatively light rainfall this year,  the contractor has supplemented storm water run off with city water to replenish the lake, said Department of Public Works spokeswoman Cora Jackson-Fossett. “It’s been such a dry winter season that we don’t have enough rain water that is coming in,” she said.

The entire project is not scheduled to be completed until later this spring.

Southern section of the lake remains dry. Photo by The Eastsider


  1. Lookin’ Good EP!

  2. Can’t wait for the park to reopen!

  3. I thought we’re at 140% + of average annual rainfall.

  4. What a beautiful photograph! Can’t wait to see it finished.

  5. What is that big separator across the middle of the lake? This is the first I heard the lake would be split into two.

  6. I think it’s going to be submerged when the lake is full. Some kind of dam system maybe?

    • Yes, it’ll be submerged. It’s a dike that was required by the State Division of Safety of Dams; if the original dam failed (even though it has been buttressed by Bellevue and the 101 freeway) only a portion of the water would flow down stream.

  7. Rainwater is poison. Look up the fujimi province from the tsunami. I would never even think to put anything live in the lake.

    • Rainwater is not poison. sure, it can pick up contaminants like radiation or sulphur dioxide occasionally that can cause problems if encountered in high concentrations. However, that is currently not the case here in Southern California.

  8. It’s too bad they cut down the amazing (and only) eucalyptus tree that 30 something Cormorants would roost in every night.

  9. I pine for the leaning palm that got cut down, a landmark tree for decades.

  10. Steady as she goes….

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