Jack London Aquatic Center

Venue Details
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    115 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607
Working Hours
  • Weekdays
    9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

Explore the Oakland Estuary and make Jack London Aquatic Center the venue for your next event. This elevated 3750+ square foot facility is unique in character and design. Built in 2002 the banquet hall sits aloft the Oakland Estuary giving way to spectacular views of the Bay. Capture your important moment with the privacy of having the entire facility filled with family and friends.

Surround your beautiful reception, retreat, business meeting or event of your choice with views of the Estuary.

This venue provides a dramatic waterfront backdrop for both you and your guests to enjoy. See the Bay sparkle, as the sunlight hits the waters bordering the facility. The elegantly and uniquely constructed building and grounds provide a canvas for a variety of public and private events. Thanks to a flexible indoor design and generous outdoor spaces, JLAC easily adapts to multiple uses. No wonder it is such a popular choice. Ample on-site parking along with JLAC’s convenient, central location make this the ideal setting for your next special event.

The JLAC Facility

This stunning venue located on the shores of the Estuary, boasts one of the best waterfront views in Oakland, and some of Oakland’s finest venues for gatherings and celebrations.

A grand entrance area greets visitors with a soaring central tower of skylights flooding both floors with natural light. The top of the stairwell, greets you with another sun-filled room, which defines a second spacious gathering area.

The main banquet room, located on the second floor includes a high-pitched ceiling framed with massive wooden beams that can accommodate 185 guests. Floor to ceiling windows provide sweeping panoramic views along with French doors leading out onto the deck area, completing your view of the waterfront from inside the main room. Two identical breakout rooms are enclosed within the main room to be used at your choosing.

A custom catering kitchen, conveniently located near the elevator and stairwell, puts the final touches on this spectacular venue.

Estuary Park

Just east of the JLAC facility is Estuary Park, a seven-acre open space largely hidden from view from the adjoining road. The park includes a public boat launching ramp, a fishing pier, a large group picnic area and a stepped area leading to the water which provides excellent views of special events or a close-up look at the local bird population. A 1,500 foot pathway along the water connects the park with Jack London Village, at the south end of Jack London Square.

At Your Service

The Central Reservations Unit at Oakland Parks and Recreation provides highly personalized attention to help you plan your special event. Our excellent customer service and personalized guided tours ensure that your meeting or celebration is a success, filled with happy memories. Call to set up your appointment today.

Key Features

The main conference room on second floor seats 185.
French doors open onto an expansive outdoor patio overlooking the Oakland Estuary.
Two smaller “breakout” conference rooms are adjacent to main meeting room.
A fully-equipped prep kitchen is centrally located near the elevator and stairs.
A non-exclusive Approved Caterer’s List and Linen Rental Services available.
A seven-acre waterfront park has a walking path that connects to Jack London Square.
A pergola covers a large picnic area with table and benches at the water’s edge.
An on-site lot offers convenient and plentiful parking.
Public boat berth rentals are available. Call for more information.

185 Banquet Style • 375 Standing • 375 Theater.

Boating Program Inquiries:
Sarah Herbelin
Mailing Address: 568 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 238-2196 Phone
(510) 238-7199 Fax

Embarcadero Bridge Construction will close the access to JLAC from the South May 11, 2016 through May 2018. Click here for Detour and Project Information.

Courses currently offered by OPR include youth and adult sailing and kayaking. For program registration including Adult Advanced Small Boat Sailing, Advanced Sailing Camp, JY-15 Sailing Camp, and Catamaran Sailing Camps Click Here (By selecting the Category “Boating” you can view all of the Oakland boating programs by paging through with the right and left arrows.)

Several Independent Programs Operate out of the Jack London Aquatic Center:


For Artemis Rowing (Middle and High School and Adult rowing programs open to everyone)

East Bay Rowing (Adult & High School Rowing including learn to row classes and masters teams)

For Berkeley High Crew (Berkeley High School Crew Team)

For Cal Lightweight Crew (UC Berkeley Crew Team)


Renegades (Open to all adults)


KP Dragons (Kaiser Permanente Dragonboat Team)


California Dragon Boat Association (Teams include: Cal Dragonboat, Davis Racing Dragons, Infinity Dragons of Sacramento)


(510) 238-4718 for Facility Reservations

You may hire a caterer of your choice.

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We cordially invite you to celebrate your special private event or your next business meeting at an Oakland Parks and Recreation rental venue.

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