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3160 N. Shoreline Blvd Mountain View, CA 94043
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Shoreline Park and Lake
Shoreline Park and Lake in Mountain View
Shoreline Park is in Mountain View.. It was originally a landfill for San Francisco garbage. The city park was dedicated in 1983. Shoreline Park features a golf course and a 50-acre artificial lake. On the lake's eastern shore is located the Shoreline Aquatic Center, which offers sailboat, windsurfing, kayak, canoe, rowboat, and pedal boat rentals, as well as sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking classes. The adjacent Shoreline Cafe is open daily and offers a variety of food to lake goers. A video on the history of the park is available at the Mountain View Public Library. It is also the location of the West Catholic Athletic League's second cross-country league meet every year, which is hosted by nearby Saint Francis High School.

The park golf course, known as Shoreline Golf Links, is an 18 hole links style course, with a pro shop and driving range, and is open to the public. The Rengstorff House, a historic Victorian mansion moved to the park from its original location elsewhere in Mountain View, and Michaels at Shoreline Restaurant, are also in the built up area of the park.

Walkers, runners, bike riders, et al., can enjoy miles of paved and unpaved trails, some of which are part of the San Francisco Bay Trail. A good description of a loop trip can be found here. The trails connect to the Stevens Creek Trail at the eastern edge of the park and Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve on the western edge.

Through the developed park, one reaches a wildlife refuge at the edge of the bay, where many birds can be seen at almost any time.


In 1968, the City of Mountain View undertook the daunting task of planning a regional park that would provide citizens with environmentally savvy recreation opportunities. The real challenge? To do it with 544 acres of junkyard, hog farm, two substandard dumps, low lying flood plains, and a sewage treatment plant! It was not until 1983, some fifteen years later, that the City’s plan came to fruition in the beautiful Shoreline Regional Park we now know.

That fifteen years of effort included raising the land fifteen feet to mitigate flooding. To accomplish this feat, the City imported approximately 2,400 tons of fill per day for thirteen years! San Francisco, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Cupertino, and Daly City all contributed landfill. Income from this waste project helped pay for the design and development of the park.

In 1974, PG&E and the City of Mountain View with the Environmental Protection Agency began to research the feasibility of methane recovery at Shoreline. In 1978, the methane recovery system began producing some 600,000 cubic feet of raw gas from a twenty acre parcel per day. The gas was scrubbed and injected into a high pressure gas main for delivery to the City. The revenue generated supported the maintenance and operation of the Park! No longer economically viable, the gas production project ceased in 1993. With the 2001 energy crisis, a new project was started that utilized the gas to power two microturbines that can each yield about 70 kilowatts.

The centerpiece of the Park, Shoreline Lake is a man-made, 50 acre, salt water lake filled by waters pumped in from the San Francisco Bay that circulate back out into Permanente Creek. Water technicians regularly monitor the Lake to maintain consistent water quality. Predictable summer breezes and the snug, enclosed nature of the Lake make it ideal for learning to sail or windsurf. Mornings receive light winds - perfect for the beginner! In the afternoon, winds up to 25 mph blow across small wavelets and the local experts come out to play! Approximately thirty feet deep at its deepest point, the Lake is considerably warmer than the Bay - in the 50’s during winter and 70’s come summer.

Just outside the Park is Shoreline Amphitheater, Silicon Valley’s foremost concert venue. Some of the country’s biggest stars perform in this unique location that seats 20,000. The box office number is 650-967-4040.



3160 N. Shoreline Blvd Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone: 650-965-7474
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