You’ll never guess what’s in Lake Lagunita

Geese on Lake Lagunita
Winter rains have returned water to Lake Lagunita, which in turn has attracted Canada geese.

If you haven’t walked the dirt path around LAKE LAGUNITA for a nice lunchtime break lately, you might want to. That’s because the winter rains have left enough water to make the area a semblance of its former recreational self. In fact, there’s enough water to attract an abundance of wildlife, including Canada geese.

Lake Lagunita
Lake Lagunita

According to a 2010 cover story in Stanford magazine, Lake Lagunita was created as a reservoir to provide irrigation for the orchards and alfalfa fields of the Palo Alto Stock Farm. Today, the mostly dry lake’s primary purpose is as a flood control facility and as a habitat for the California tiger salamander.

But, according to the article, “Lake Lagunita was a part of the Stanford landscape even before the university was founded. From the Pioneer Class to the present day, Lake Lag has always been a focal point of student life. In its heyday, the lake hosted cherished campus traditions such as the Water Carnival (starting in the 1900s and later revived as Hydro/Aqua Follies) and the Big Game bonfire. Now dry most of the time, and never full, its shores continue to provide a venue for recreation, relaxation and reflection—not to mention a backdrop for countless romances.”

Read more about Lake Lagunita, which is located behind Roble Hall, and see images from its past in the May/June 2010 issue of Stanford magazine.