Revitalizing the Lakeside Lookout

Bird Observation Station and Waterfall to be Closed July Through OCTOBER 2017

In partnership with Pacific Outdoor Living, we are embarking on a new project to revitalize the Bird Observation Station, waterfall, and surrounding area starting in early July. This area will be closed for several months, with portions of the project scheduled to reopen in October. Read on to learn more about this exciting project!

Here’s how we’re revitalizing the area:

Bird Observation Station

  • Build a safer and more accessible entrance ramp.
  • Repair and refinish the interior to complement the nearby Lakeside Lodge.
  • Install new flooring and seating.

Wildlife garden near the waterfall

  • Improve access with visitor safety in mind.
  • New plantings will suggest a San Gabriel Mountains habitat – alders, maples, ferns, vines and grasses.
  • Replace the chain-link fence.

Wetland garden

  • Create a seasonal stream and wetland garden by removing asphalt and building a rocky watercourse with check dams for rainwater capture.
  • The plant palette includes grasses, iris, sedges, ferns, yarrow and other native riparian species.
  • Encourage wildlife such as frogs, birds, aquatic invertebrates – and children, too! – to enjoy the new space.

Forest woodlands

  • Plant shrubs and perennials that attract wildlife, such as toyon, California fuchsia and milkweed.
  • New decking surrounding a heritage oak (which is more than 200 years old) will allow visitors to get close without compromising the health of this venerable tree.

Pollinator garden

  • This garden features a bug- and bird-friendly grouping of plants specifically chosen to attract pollinators, such as California buckwheat and native wildflowers.
  • The project includes 360-degree access with seating, viewing and enjoying areas.

Nest zone

  • Birds currently nest in a protected area by the lake. This project will improve sightlines so visitors can view the birds better.
  • Improve the quality of the habitat by reducing invasive plant species and replanting with grasses and shrubs favored by nesting birds.