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First Blush: Love at Lake Lagunita

Lovers at Lake Lagunita July 2010

Well, there are benefits to a  dry lake bed. That’s what struck the female Dawn Jogger this morning when she came upon a couple embracing where water would be if Lake Lagunita was actually a lake instead of the recently signposted “flood control facility.” She felt slightly guilty snapping the photo, as if she was invading their privacy. But then again, she was far from the only person jogging the lake’s perimeter. And it was broad daylight, even if early…

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First Blush: Lake Lag is officially not

Between the female Dawn Jogger’s run around Lake Lagunita on Tuesday and today, new signage was installed that officially proclaims what has been increasingly obvious over the past decade: Lake Lagunita “is no longer maintained for recreational use.”  While the fact that it now “functions as flood control facility and serves as a breeding habitat for the California Tiger Salamander” (an endangered species) will preclude current students and nearby residents from enjoying it as they once did, its lore and place in  history is secure.

When the DJs first moved back to the Bay Area in the 1990s, Lake Lag was still a recreational facility. Sand was brought in to make a beach and wind surfing lessons were given. People came to its banks to picnic and swim. The last time she remembers the Lake being full to the top was in the winter of ’97-’98 which featured record breaking rainfall. A nifty timeline published in the Stanford Magazine indicates a general use permit issued in 2000 put limits on water usage and ended the practice of topping off the Lake. The same timeline holds lots of other tidbits of historical trivia as do the tales of the Lake also chronicled by the magazine.

Even in the last decade as the Lake was more likely a big pond than a real Lake, there was always the annual appearance of nature taking over, most notably in the yearly crop of ducklings and parades of tiny frogs along the banks. That will continue unless the university takes other actions to alter the annual cycle. And the female DJ continues to circle the Lake twice most weeks…

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