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Shoreline Park and Lake in Moutain View

The rolling hills and trails along the bay are excellent for hikers and nature lovers

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Whether you need a place to hold the office picnic, a location to host a catered event or just a natural wonderland for the family to enjoy, Shoreline Park and Lake may be just the ticket. This area, located near Mountain View, California, includes seven hundred acres of lovely landscapes that center around a fifty acre man-made saltwater lake. Shoreline Park and Lake offers every form of entertainment that anyone could desire in a single location.

The rolling hills and trails along the bay are excellent for hikers and nature lovers. Not only does the terrain provide great exercise, but it also showcases an interesting variety of plants and animals on over ten miles of paved and unpaved trails. Organized tours are available to take walkers along the Steven’s Creek Trail or along the coastline at Mountain View. The bay trails already connect to the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve in this area and will eventually connect with the charming Sunnyvale Baylands Park. What a delight these walking trails are to those who enjoy hiking, bird watching, or just spending some restful time surrounded by the glories of the natural world.

Although motorized vehicles are prohibited in order to protect the areas fragile wildlife, Shoreline Park and Lake has an abundance of water for visitors to take a leisurely canoe trip, practice their sailing techniques, learn to kayak, or go windsurfing. If you do not own your own watercraft, you can rent rowboats, canoes, windsurfers, pedal boats, sailboats, and kayaks for a reasonable fee at the Shoreline Aquatic Center. When the tide is out, visitors spend pleasant hours watching the antics of the sandpipers as they scurry around in the damp mud. The wetlands of the marshes are also home to herons, egrets, and other fascinating migratory waterfowl.

For visitors who want a more competitive pastime, Shoreline Park and Lake offers a challenging eighteen hole golf course. After a lively game of golf with your buddies, enjoy an appetizing lunch or dinner on the patio at Michael’s clubhouse, a self-service cafe. The fare includes everything from salads and pasta dishes to hot or cold sandwiches, and the dessert choices are scrumptious as well. If a drink is all that is necessary to make the day perfect, the café offers wine, beer, espresso, sodas, and tea.

Another exciting feature of the Shoreline Park and Lake area is the recreational field set aside for kite flying. The gentle breezes that blow off the mountains are perfect for this activity. Even if visitors choose not to participate with their own kites, they are intrigued by the unique kites and maneuvers performed by others and can spend hours just watching and relaxing. Although visitors are not allowed to use grills or campfires within the park, many do prepare picnics to enjoy in the grassy areas. There is a also dog run just outside the park, but pets are not allowed within the park grounds.

Many visitors to Shoreline Park and Lake schedule time for a visit to the Rengstorff House, a historic Victorian home that was completely restored to its former beauty in 1991. The house is open for touring three days during the week or may be rented during days when it is closed to the public. The wetlands in the area are also highly educational for all family members. Consisting of two a seasonal marsh with a rain basin, a couple of tidal marshes, and two creeks and sloughs, the wetlands present a natural environmental learning lab just waiting to be explored.

Local residents have access to the treasures of Shoreline Park and Lake throughout the year and often fail to realize the marvelous treasure in their own backyard. Visitors come long distances to enjoy just a few days in this wonderful wildlife sanctuary and often go away with a new perspective on life and tranquility of spirit that they have not felt in ages. Other than the sheer joy experienced by people participating in hobbies they love, this is the main reason the park has so many repeat visitors year after year. Are you ready to exit the rat race and spend a few days in this natural paradise? Plan a visit to Shoreline Park and Lake to discover the natural way to reduce stress.

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