This 32-acre man-made body of water, once a privately owned gravel quarry, progressively formed as a
result of the quarry operation in the late 1940s. Excavation for the quarry started at the center of Los Alamitos Creek and moved outward, transforming a meadow where dairy cows grazed into a lake.
The water district operates it as a groundwater recharge facility and opened it for public use as a park in 1982. The lake offered a range of activities over the years, including fishing, swimming, pedal boating and athletic events. Its sand beach enhanced its popularity, but despite its beauty, the lake offers no value other than aesthetics. It is one of the most polluted in the state, according to a two-year screening survey on contaminants in fish from the state’s lakes and reservoirs.
Because the lake is so polluted, proposals have been brought forth to change the lake in hopes of stopping and reversing the effects of the pollution. Below is a link to the Santa Clara County Water District website and their page dedicated to Almaden Lake. On this page, you will find information regarding the six (6) Conceptual Alternatives for the lake that are currently being discussed. Please take a look at these proposals and tell us what you think!