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Lake Balboa Park

Lake Balboa, Van Nuys
59 Tips and reviews
  • picnics
  • miles
  • biking
  • scenic views
  • playground
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  • Azalias N.
    Azalias Ndagije3 weeks ago
    Good rest after a run
  • Brian K.
    Brian KeithOctober 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Huge & Beautiful Park. Gets a little brown Sept. -Dec. (especially if hot summer). But my favorite time is when a11 the Cherry Blossoms are in bloom. It happens fast, but it's an awesome site!!
    Upvoted Mar 15
  • Michael K.
    Michael KukuchkaAugust 24, 2016
    1 mile timed coaching run
  • Cesar T.
    Cesar TrejoJune 26, 2016
    Very relaxing place, cute place to go and have a picnic around the shaded trees
  • Jason C.
    Jason CApril 1, 2016
    Tough to find good parking, but the gorgeous views make up for it.
  • Anthony R.
    Anthony RequiaMarch 21, 2016
    Free Wifi! That's always a plus in the park.
  • Derek K.
    Derek KlohMarch 4, 2016
    Paddle boat rentals!
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GlazkovOctober 16, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Walking, dreaming, running, jogging, thinking...
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MartinezSeptember 16, 2015
    Absolutely a great spot to just chill with love ones. Beautiful view.
  • Anna D.
    Anna DzyakSeptember 7, 2015
    good place to run, bike, picnic, and look at ducks
  • Victoria
    VictoriaAugust 9, 2015
    Great place to run or chill on a nice day 😋
  • aidonna25 A.
    Nice day at the Balboa Park!
  • LAist
    LAistMay 5, 2015
    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
  • Isaac P.
    Isaac PunoJanuary 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This is the best place for your daily run. You'll get your cardio in, plus your fill of tranquility too.
  • Megan L.
    Megan LeonardOctober 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    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!!!
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MedranoJune 8, 2014
    Weird people everywhere ! Watch out for the snakes 🐍🐍🐍🐍
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MedranoJune 8, 2014
    Why are people so weird ?
  • Dee C.
    Dee CappelliMay 25, 2014
    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.
  • urlavander l.
    urlavander love59April 11, 2014
    Sakura "cherry blossom" also known as "friendship" I love this place.
  • Ethelbert C.
    Ethelbert CarpioApril 1, 2014
    nice day to relax
  • Ethelbert C.
    Ethelbert CarpioApril 1, 2014
    hope is to improve that sometimes human error ..
  • Matthew N.
    Matthew NelsonMarch 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful, especially early morning, or late afternoon.
  • Yilu Z.
    Yilu ZhangMarch 10, 2014
    Doesn't have a lot of flowers, but lovely alien birds :D
  • Randall T.
    Randall TusseyMarch 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you love to run this is the park to do it in! Lot's of running paths!
  • M G.
    M GundersonNovember 14, 2013
    Nice place to go for a walk or jog thru the park
  • Princess A.
    Princess AmyOctober 4, 2013
    Nice to do walking and jogging. Its nice to be wth ur hubby to have sometime alone.
  • JC
    JCSeptember 9, 2013
    Dont forget The bait if you plan on fishing.
  • Lael J.
    Lael JohnsonAugust 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Nice walking space
  • David K.
    David KubelkaJuly 29, 2013
    Awesome place for fishing!
  • Yvette B.
    Yvette BetancourtJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Tehila D.
    Tehila DaylalaMarch 31, 2013
    Parking is FULL!
  • Victor V.
    Victor VazquezMarch 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Corey P.
    Corey PFebruary 13, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Best park in the Valley
  • Victoria M.
    Victoria MJanuary 28, 2013
    No more paddle boats :(
  • Sativa V.
    Sativa VerteNovember 5, 2012
    This is a great place to bring out your loose change and splurge at the ice cream truck!
  • Juan P.
    Juan PalominoNovember 3, 2012
    lots of running room. beautiful views.
  • Dazzo
    DazzoSeptember 10, 2012
    Best shade in the valley for pure and utter laziness.
  • Claudel
    ClaudelAugust 25, 2012
    Infiltrated with snobby people, like oh my god it's the Valley! Haha
  • Chalini R.
    Chalini RanaweeraAugust 20, 2012
    Check out some amazing 360 Virtual Tours of the Lake Balboa
  • Alfredo P.
    Alfredo PerezJuly 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Walk every day 3 miles exact from the entrance on Woodley to the one on Balboa round trip!
  • Jill R.
    Jill RosenbergJune 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    It's 1.5 miles around the lake.
  • Pallavi J.
    This place gets crowded on weekends. If you are awning a BBQ get here early!
  • Gabriel T.
    Gabriel TorresMay 5, 2012
    Really cool playground for the kids
  • Glenda V.
    Glenda VaqueranoFebruary 25, 2012
    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!
  • Everette
    EveretteNovember 27, 2011
    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.
  • Carlos F.
    Carlos FloresOctober 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Watch out for skunks at night.
  • Suzanne S.
    Suzanne SkaffSeptember 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to clear your mind and workout...though watch out for those crazy geese...feisty little guys!
  • Shy M.
    Shy MoneySeptember 7, 2011
    How is piterka mayor??
  • Yoplait
    YoplaitSeptember 6, 2011
    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!
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesJuly 14, 2011
    Lake Balboa is a great place to spend the day w/ the entire family -
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WalkerMay 21, 2011
    Great biking/pinic resting spot. Though its not a 'lake'. Its a pond
  • Mark S.
    Mark ScottMarch 6, 2011
    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
  • Sean K.
    Sean KMarch 1, 2011
    Fishing-wise. Just blueGill and talapia. No more trout or bass
  • drea
    dreaJanuary 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Paddle boat rentals are gone. =(
  • Sam B.
    Sam BiermanJuly 14, 2010
    nice park, great for biking, running, walking, and picnicking.
  • Honor M.
    Honor MoshayJune 20, 2010
    Great place for a picnic!
  • Michael K.
    Michael KukuchkaApril 26, 2010
    Great place to run, I start from Victory and Hayvenhurst and run around the pond and lake and to the official park at Balboa Blvd. and Burbank Blvd.
  • alex c.
    alex carlossApril 19, 2010
    Needs to be re-surfaced for real football (soccer)
  • Coolassmike B.
    Coolassmike BowersApril 4, 2010
    Great man Made lake. Dirty water but nice selection of ducks and birds. Bike rentals for 4 people. Fun to drive/ride. Nice place to read and or ride. An oasis within the reach!
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