Echo Park Lake: High & dry

Photo by Steven Nereo

After publishing close-up photos of Echo Park Lake nearly emptied of water earlier this week, today it’s time to pull back several hundred feet with this aerial shot taken by Steven Nereo on Wednesday. Nereo took the shot during a helicopter ride across the city.  Those fan shapes appear to be where earth movers have begun to scrape away the muck from the lake bottom. Click here to get a close up view of  the Echo Park Lake aerial shot.


  1. This might be a good time to mention the lake was originally known as the Woolen Ditch Dam. The water drained out the lake at the lower end located near Glendale Blvd., (visible at the bottom of this photo) and presumably powered a water wheel which milled wool, waaay back in the day.

  2. woah. awesome ruby!

  3. There reservoir powered a woolen mill but the dam and reservoir never had that name.

  4. ~RubyJackson
    Well done! Thanks. Let’s start a petition: restore the mill, free wool for all, lol.

    Wrong! Reference is correct:

  5. Although it’s certainly likely that people referred to it as the Woolen Ditch Dam due to the Wool Mill located at Figueroa and 6th, the lake was originally known as Reservoir No. 4, and was intended to irrigate the growing western portion of the city. Reservoir No. 4 remained its official name until it became Echo Park Lake.

    The water to fill Reservoir No 4 came from the Los Angeles River near Crystal Springs Drive and travelled to Reservoir No 4 through the Canal and Reservoir Ditch. The ditch that carried water from Reservoir No 4 to the Woolen Mill was referred to was the Woolen Mill Ditch, and basically ran along Glendale Blvd down 2nd street to the Wool Mill.

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