The City of Los Angeles manages the extensive day-use facilities, including golf and riding stables, which are available at this site in the San Fernando Valley. Hansen Dam Aquatic Center is a 40-acre water recreation facility located on the northwest side of the Hansen Dam Recreation Area in Lakeview Terrace, California (approximately 25 miles north of downtown Los Angeles). The facility includes a 9-acre recreation lake and a 1.5-acre swimming lake.The facility has 50 public restrooms, 20 dressing rooms, 25 showers, and several picnic areas.
We will walk along a dirt road at the base of the dam—exploring promising sites along the way and sometimes go in a different direction to the lake. Meet at the lower parking lot, Dronfield Entrance. Directions: Take Osborne exit from Golden State (5) Freeway. Go northeast about two miles passing Glenoaks Blvd. Turn right on Dronfield to enter the park. Turn right at the end of Dronfield and then take a quick left and proceed downhill to the large parking lot. Alternate directions: Exit Osborne from the eastbound Foothill Freeway (210). At the off ramp, turn right onto Foothill. After a short distance, turn left on Osborne and then left on Dronfield. Follow above directions to the lower parking lot. Rain cancels. Leader: Pat Bates (818) 425-0962, [email protected]
Over 280 species of birds have been seen at Hansen Dam, which holds the record for most species seen in a day in the San Fernando Valley at 120. It is a huge area with lots of varied habitat. Walks are on the fourth Saturday of every month. The walks will start at the Gabrieleno Equestrian Park, 11126 Orcas Avenue, Lake View Terrace, California 91342.