Lake Balboa Park

Park · Lake Balboa
6300 Balboa Blvd (at Victory Blvd), Van Nuys, CA 91316, United States
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  • Today
    • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 11:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Thu
    • Noon–7:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 6:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 10:00 AM–1:00 PM
    • 3:00 PM–8:00 PM

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    Mark S.
    "It's just shy of five miles around."(4 Tips)
    Yvette B.
    "Beautiful Lake Park with picnic tables around the perimeter of lake."(4 Tips)
    Victor V.
    "It's a massive park!"(2 Tips)
    Sam B.
    "nice park, great for biking, running, walking, and picnicking."(7 Tips)
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  • fishing
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  • board games
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  • Andrew G.

    Walking, dreaming, running, jogging, thinking...

    Andrew Glazkov · October 16
  • Michelle M.

    Absolutely a great spot to just chill with love ones. Beautiful view.

    Michelle Martinez · September 16
  • Anna D.

    good place to run, bike, picnic, and look at ducks

    Anna Dzyak · September 7
  • Victoria H.

    Great place to run or chill on a nice day 😋

    Victoria H. · August 9
  • Aidana K.

    Nice day at the Balboa Park!

    Aidana Kozhoeva · July 10
  • LAist

    Head to the shore of Lake Balboa in this massive park for some prime picnic locations. There are picnic tables, barbecue pits, and huge areas to spread out your blanket, all offering scenic views. Read more

    LAist · May 5
  • Isaac P.

    This is the best place for your daily run. You'll get your cardio in, plus your fill of tranquility too.

    Isaac Puno · January 20
  • Megan L.

    I love checking daily on the ducks, geese, swans, cormorants, egrets, herons, and wigeons. Could do without all the coots, pigeons & gulls. And too many people feed the birds - Stop it!!!

    Megan Leonard · October 10, 2014
  • Ashley M.

    Weird people everywhere ! Watch out for the snakes 🐍🐍🐍🐍

    Ashley Medrano · June 8, 2014
  • Ashley M.

    Why are people so weird ?

    Ashley Medrano · June 8, 2014
  • Dee C.

    Beautiful park! Separate bike & foot paths, picnic tables, playground. Lake w/waterfall attracts waterfowl. Picnic tables & BBQs. Leashed dogs welcomed (bring poop bags). Tons of park'g.

    Dee Cappelli · May 25, 2014
  • Joseph K.,_Los_Angeles

    Joseph K · May 21, 2014
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    Joseph K · May 21, 2014
  • urlavander l.

    Sakura "cherry blossom" also known as "friendship" I love this place.

    urlavander love59 · April 11, 2014
  • Ethelbert C.

    nice day to relax

    Ethelbert Carpio · April 1, 2014
  • Ethelbert C.

    hope is to improve that sometimes human error ..

    Ethelbert Carpio · April 1, 2014
  • Matthew N.

    Beautiful, especially early morning, or late afternoon.

    Matthew Nelson · March 15, 2014
  • Yilu Z.

    Doesn't have a lot of flowers, but lovely alien birds :D

    Yilu Zhang · March 10, 2014
  • Randall T.

    If you love to run this is the park to do it in! Lot's of running paths!

    Randall Tussey · March 8, 2014
  • M G.

    Nice place to go for a walk or jog thru the park

    M Gunderson · November 14, 2013
  • Princess A.

    Nice to do walking and jogging. Its nice to be wth ur hubby to have sometime alone.

    Princess Amy · October 4, 2013
  • JC

    Dont forget The bait if you plan on fishing.

    JC · September 9, 2013
  • Lael J.

    Nice walking space

    Lael Johnson · August 10, 2013
  • David K.

    Awesome place for fishing!

    David Kubelka · July 29, 2013
  • Yvette B.

    Beautiful Lake Park with picnic tables around the perimeter of lake. Plenty of open space for catching ball, playing soccer, or a friendly game of football. Don't forget to stop by the bike rentals.

    Yvette Betancourt · July 26, 2013
  • Tehila D.

    Parking is FULL!

    Tehila Daylala · March 31, 2013
  • Victor V.

    Great park to run and walk. The lake itself 1.3 miles around and leads you off to other trails around the park. It's a massive park! In beginning of spring, the cherry blossoms bloom. Great for picnic

    Victor Vazquez · March 20, 2013
  • Corey P.

    Best park in the Valley

    Corey P · February 13, 2013
  • Victoria M.

    No more paddle boats :(

    Victoria M · January 28, 2013
  • Sativa V.

    This is a great place to bring out your loose change and splurge at the ice cream truck!

    Sativa Verte · November 5, 2012
  • Juan P.

    lots of running room. beautiful views.

    Juan Palomino · November 3, 2012
  • Dazzo

    Best shade in the valley for pure and utter laziness.

    Dazzo · September 10, 2012
  • Claudel

    Infiltrated with snobby people, like oh my god it's the Valley! Haha

    Claudel · August 25, 2012
  • Chalini R.

    Check out some amazing 360 Virtual Tours of the Lake Balboa

    Chalini Ranaweera · August 20, 2012
  • Alfredo P.

    Walk every day 3 miles exact from the entrance on Woodley to the one on Balboa round trip!

    Alfredo Perez · July 13, 2012
  • Jill R.

    It's 1.5 miles around the lake.

    Jill Rosenberg · June 17, 2012
  • Pallavi J.

    This place gets crowded on weekends. If you are awning a BBQ get here early!

    Pallavi Jadhav-ridout · June 4, 2012
  • Gabriel T.

    Really cool playground for the kids

    Gabriel Torres · May 5, 2012
  • Glenda V.

    Beautiful view from the top of the hill on the north side of lake. Bring some sunscreen and bug repellent and you'll be set!

    Glenda Vaquerano · February 25, 2012
  • Everette

    Parking is usually scarce in the park next to the lake, I park using the entrance off Woodly closest to Victory in the lot next to the golf course.

    Everette · November 27, 2011
  • Carlos F.

    Watch out for skunks at night.

    Carlos Flores · October 4, 2011
  • Suzanne S.

    Great place to clear your mind and workout...though watch out for those crazy geese...feisty little guys!

    Suzanne Skaff · September 19, 2011
  • Shy M.

    How is piterka mayor??

    Shy Money · September 7, 2011
  • Yoplait

    In the mood for a picnic? Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a quiet, lakeside day. Bring board games for some added fun!

    Yoplait · September 6, 2011
  • Los Angeles

    Lake Balboa is a great place to spend the day w/ the entire family -

    Los Angeles · July 14, 2011
  • Ryan W.

    Great biking/pinic resting spot. Though its not a 'lake'. Its a pond

    Ryan Walker · May 21, 2011
  • Mark S.

    I like to cycle the outer circuit. It's just shy of five miles around. Beware of little kids on bikes, little kids not on bikes, inattentive teens walking five abreast, 4-seater quadcycles and unleash

    Mark Scott · March 6, 2011
  • Sean K.

    Fishing-wise. Just blueGill and talapia. No more trout or bass

    Sean K · March 1, 2011
  • drea

    Paddle boat rentals are gone. =(

    drea · January 10, 2011
  • Sam B.

    nice park, great for biking, running, walking, and picnicking.

    Sam Bierman · July 14, 2010

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