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Channel Estuary Park

Channel Estuary Park

This park, located on port land and developed and maintained by the City of Oakland, includes a public boat launching ramp and a group picnic area. (For picnic reservations, call 510-238-3187). This park also has a fishing pier and a broad, stepped area providing excellent views of special events or the local bird population. A 1,500-foot pathway along the water connects the park with Jack London Village, at the south end of Jack London Square.

Facilities

Picnic tables and barbecue, fishing pier, grassy playing area, restrooms, public telephone, benches, parking with some double stalls for boat trailers.

Directions

Located on the Embarcadero, between Oak and Fifth streets.

Embarcadero Shoreline

Embarcadero Shoreline

A series of intermittent shoreline pathways begins at 10th Street and follows the water south to 19th Avenue, linking restaurants, marinas and businesses along the way. Views are of the marinas, Coast Guard Island and the Ninth Avenue Shipping Terminal at the north end of the path. A 2,000-square-foot fishing pier is near the 16th/19th Street Overpass.

Near the south end is Embarcadero Cove, a small complex of gardens, ponds and restored homes that have been converted into offices, and Quinn's Lighthouse restaurant, which once was an actual lighthouse marking the Southern Pacific Ferry Terminal at the beginning of the channel separating Oakland and Alameda. There are intermittent breaks in the path, but it is an easy detour back to Embarcadero for a few feet.

The shoreline path concludes just east of Dennison Street, where it parallels the Union Point Marina.

Facilities

Restaurants, picnic tables, fishing pier, fish-cleaning area, drinking fountain, benches, bicycle rack, parking. Restrooms are located at the Central Basin and Union Point Marinas.

Directions

The path begins near the 1400 block of Embarcadero (just north of the 16th/19th Street Overpass) and ends just east of Dennison Street and Embarcadero.

Fruitvale Mini-Park

A mini-park below the Fruitvale Bridge to Alameda offers views of the working drawbridge itself, the houseboats along the Alameda shoreline and the barges and tugs and recreational boats using the tidal canal.

Facilities

Fishing pier, benches.

Directions

Take the pedestrian ramp to the water just east of Fruitvale Avenue at Alameda Avenue and the Tidal Canal.