increase font use small font sizeuse medium font sizeuse large font size

Martin Luther King Regional Shoreline

Despite being surrounded by industry and in close proximity to Oakland International Airport, this 741-acre waterfront park along San Leandro Bay is green and open. Of the several entry points, the main one off Swan Way offers the easiest access to most of the park’s features. Visitors can enjoy miles of paved trails and picnic in a variety...
Despite being surrounded by industry and in close proximity to Oakland International Airport, this 741-acre waterfront park along San Leandro Bay is green and open. Of the several entry points, the main one off Swan Way offers the easiest access to most of the park’s features. Visitors can enjoy miles of paved trails and picnic in a variety of settings, including on a large lawn with two fiberglass whale sculptures and Roger Berry’s “Duplex Cone” sculpture, which shows the sun’s high summer path and low winter path.

A ramped observation deck looks out over Arrowhead Marsh, a 50-acre salt marsh that's a
stopover for migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway and part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network; birdwatching is a highlight here. You might see American avocets, black-necked stilts, pintail and cinnamon teal ducks, and perhaps even an endangered California clapper rail.

At the park's grassy southwestern end, off Doolittle Drive, is a fishing pier (with one step), group picnic areas, the accessible Shoreline Conference Center, and a boat launch. You will have to drive here from the main part of the park because Arrowhead Marsh Trail ends at Doolittle Drive and there is no sidewalk along Doolittle.

The Tidewater Boating Center at the park’s northern end has an ADA-accessible dock that is a popular launch area for kayakers; picnic grounds; and shoreline access for fishing.

Trail/Pathway Details

Arrowhead Marsh Trail

Trailhead: Parking lot at the foot of the park’s entry road

Length: Over 4 total miles

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Gentle

Terrain: Hard

Obstacles: A three-inch lip at the southern end of the bridge over San Leandro Creek Trail may be problematic for some wheelchair riders.

Description

Start your trip from the observation deck, where there are good views of San Leandro Bay and interpretive panels tell of the Bay’s shrinking wetlands and efforts to restore them. If you head south (left) on Arrowhead Marsh Trail, you will travel for about a mile along Airport Channel, an arm of the Bay, past grassy expanses that...
view full description

Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

All of the park’s lots and staging areas have accessible spaces. In the main section of the park, accessible restrooms are below the viewing deck (no stall door) and off the entrance road between the King Fisher and Plover picnic areas. The restrooms at Garretson Point have grab bars only on the sides, the toilet height is 15 inches, and the women’s stall allows only a frontal transfer. The men’s has a lowered urinal and no stall door. A good accessible restroom is at Doolittle Drive between the Blue Heron and Rail picnic areas. The Tidewater staging area has accessible restrooms.
The most accessible and scenic spots are the waterside tables at Garrettson Point and at the fishing dock. Some tables scattered along the trail can be reached in a wheelchair, but may require travel on grass or firm dirt. Accessible group picnic areas are south of the viewing platform on expansive grassy areas. A few are at the Tidewater Boating Center.
View of Arrowhead Marsh from observation deck
View of Arrowhead Marsh from observation deck (Bonnie Lewkowicz)

Have a photo to add? Login to upload

Features icon key

  • bicycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • picnic
  • wildlife viewing

Additional Information

View Map  
Website: www.ebparks.org/parks/martinlking
Managing Agency: East Bay Regional Parks
Address: Doolittle Dr. and Swan Way
Nearest City: Oakland
Phone: (510) 562-1373
Hours: 5 am-10 pm
Fees: None
Dogs: In restricted areas
Not allowed in marsh area, and must be on a maximum six-foot-long leash at all times.
Public Transportation: AC Transit
Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, January 26, 2015
Access Norhtern California This web guide is a project of Access Northern California.  
California Coastal Conservancy Thanks to our partner the California Coastal Conservancy

DISCLAIMER: Although the information contained in this web-guide was believed to be correct at the time of publication, neither Access Northern California nor California Coastal Conservancy shall be held responsible or liable for any inaccuracies, errors, or omissions, nor for information that changes or becomes outdated. Neither Access Northern California nor California Coastal Conservancy assume any liability for any injury or damage arising out of, or in connection with, any use of this guide or the sites described in it.

close
Accessible Wheelchair Icon looks like a wheelchair with balloon wheelsBeach Accessible
Wheelchairs Available
  Hiking icon is silhouette of a hikerHiking & Trails
Biking icon looks like person riding a bikeBicycling   Good for Familis icon is a child on a swing'Particularly Good for Families
Boating Icon is a boatBoating   Picnic Area Icon is a picnic tablePicnic
Camping icon is a tentCamping   Swimming Icon is a person swimmingSwimming
Fishing Icon is a fish biting a hookFishing   Wildlife Viewing Icon is a pair of binocularsWildlife Viewing
close