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Visit the top 3 most charming reservoirs on the Westside, Los Angeles

Most Scenic Reservoirs near LA

#1 Hollywood Reservoir Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Hollywood Reservoir, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California
Hollywood Reservoir, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Hollywood Reservoir in Southern California

Perched high upon the hills, between Hollywood & Vine and the Hollywood sign, sits scenic Lake Hollywood, a reservoir held back by a dam designed by the great water wrangler William Mulholland. The Mulholland Dam is an elegant structure that was built in 1924 to provide emergency drinking water for the city of LA. The Lake Hollywood Reservoir is located in the hills west of Griffith Park below Cahuenga Peak and Mount Lee, surrounded by majestic pine trees and serves as a safe haven for a variety of ducks, gulls, cormorants, and other local waterfowl. The mostly paved 3.4-mile loop hike around scenic Lake Hollywood, a 7,900-acre lake, is popular with walkers, hikers, joggers, and cyclists. Depending on your pace, the Hollywood Reservoir Trail will take approximately 2 hours to complete the full loop.

By far, one of the most famous show episodes filmed here was Ray Donovan's 18th episode, in 2016 named, Lake Hollwood. Other movies that were filmed at this location include Chinatown, Earthquake, and Rescue Me. See list of movies filmed at Lake Hollywood.


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#2 Silver Lake Reservoir Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California.

Silver Lake, California
Silver Lake Reservoir, LA County, California
Silver Lake Reservoir in Southern California

Silver Lake's Reservoir, a 114-acre site, has two dog parks (big and small), a basketball court, and a playground. The Reservoir is home to The Meadow, a 2.5-acre, grassy knoll on the east side of the lake overlooking the water where visitors can lounge, picnic, or play games. The Reservoir is home to a wide variety of ducks, geese, and birds.

By far, one of the most famous movies filmed here was Under The Silver Lake. Other movies that were filmed in Silverlake include Pulp Fiction, Gangster Squad, and Grease. Series filmed in Silver Lake include, The L Word: Generation Q and You. List of movies filmed in Silver Lake.


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#3 Franklin Reservoir Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Franklin Reservoir, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
Franklin Reservoir, Los Angeles, California
Franklin Reservoir, Beverly Crest, LA, California

The Franklin Canyon Reservoir, a 3-acre lake joined by an add-on called Heavenly Pond, is perfect for TV history buffs. One of Katharine Hepburn's favorite hiking spots was by the Franklin Canyon Reservoir. During Hepburn's years with Spencer Tracy, she would urge him to join her for walks around Franklin Canyon Reservoir. Set below Mulholland Drive, west of Coldwater Canyon, and just minutes from Beverly Hills, Franklin Canyon Reservoir feels like an escape from the city.

Franklin Canyon Reservoir, Franklin Canyon Lake, has been used as a film and television location since the 1930s. Franklin Canyon Reservoir stood in for the North Carolina lake where Andy Griffith and his son, Ron Howard walked to the local fishing hole during the opening credits. Claudette Colbert's famous hitchhiking scene from It Happened One Night was filmed here in 1935. Scenes from The Brady Bunch, Bonanza, The Waltons, Lassie, and Star Trek were also filmed here. List of movies filmed at Franklin Canyon Reservoir.


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