Plug gets pulled on Echo Park Lake

A bathtub-like ring has appeared around the banks of Echo Park Lake  as about a million gallons of water a day is being drained as part of a $65 million water quality improvement project.  The water began to be drained last week after some temporary ponds for birds were created and turtles were removed from the lake, according to a city official.  It should take about a month to drain the lake’s 26 million gallons of water, which will be treated through the city’s sewer system.


  1. Has anyone else got bit by mosquitoes a million times this week? I new exactly when they started b/c I had approx 20 bites in 2 days. I feel like I need netting around my balcony…like I live in Florida.

  2. I want to see what is at the bottom of that lake. Guns? Knives ? Keys , Purses?

  3. I dropped my wallet in there in 1996, stepping out of a paddle boat. I wonder if they’ll find it. I loved that wallet 🙁

  4. @tk – guns, purses I’m thinking of something more human.

  5. Anyone know if there is any chance of getting in there legally? I’d love to take some pictures.

  6. Like a mannequin?

  7. @roy if you do find that out….please share. id love to document the process as well. Thanks!

  8. Things we will find at the bottom of Echo Park Lake . (Guns , Knives, Wallets , fingers , bullets, bullet shells , Used diapers , dead fish , ear rings , gold rings , Fishing gear , shoes , socks , and oh course a lost copy of the movie Pee-Wee Hermans Adventures )

  9. the reply I got:

    bpw PAO to me
    show details 3:11 PM (14 hours ago)
    Hello Roy,

    Thank you for your email and interest in the project. Unfortunately, the lake is an active construction site. In the interest of safety, we do not allow members of the public to come on-site.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding!

    City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works
    Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation Team

  10. I hope that the renovation of the lake will provide the city with the opportunity to invest in some kind of tableau referencing its historic – and important – part in early film making history. Fatty Arbuckle, Chaplin and Keystone movies were shot in and around the lake (and major studios are just down the road on Glendale), but you’d be hard pressed to find any evidence of that now. C’mon LA wake up to your past and celebrate it in the present.

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