Lake Merritt Sailboat House

Venue Details
Working Hours
  • Weekdays
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday
    Closed
  • Sunday
    Closed

Lake Merritt Sailboat House is adjacent to the nation’s largest salt water tidal lake, Lake Merritt, it is also the home to Oakland’s oldest wild life preserve. Built in 1954, this unique landmark houses the Lake Merritt Boating Center, Lake Merritt Institute and various Rowing Clubs. Conveniently located in the center of Downtown Oakland and situated in Lakeside Park, it is easily accessible to highway and public transportation with plenty of off-street parking and its own parking lot.

By day, guests are captivated by the rippling affects of the sunlight dancing off the water surface and by night, enchanted by a “Necklace of Lights, featuring 126 lampposts and more than 4,000 light bulbs, encircles 3.4 miles of the shoreline. Expect to experience grassy knolls, picnic sites, walking paths, a fabulous view of the Pergola and Colonnade at the end of the eastern arm of Lake Merritt. Boating, sailing and gondola rides are also part of the uniqueness of this “Jewel of Oakland.”

This setting combining history, aquatic scenery and incredible lights is unmatched in the Bay Area for many of life’s most memorable occasions, with an abundance of photographic opportunities.

An adjacent parking lot charges a daily entrance fee into Lakeside Park, Monday, through Sunday. Reservations are booked on a first come first serve basis.
To view the facility, contact a Representative directly to make an appointment.

The Facility

The Lake Merritt Sailboat House is stair-cased aloft Lake Merritt with an elevated entrance providing handicap accessibility, escorting guests to a striking banquet room with adjustable track lighting, a full service kitchen, side terrace and vast deck and floor to ceiling glass windows illuminating the room with natural light. The Lake Merritt Sailboat House is wheelchair accessible. For wheelchair access, you may enter the facility through the elevator which is located to the side of the stairway entrance.
Create the perfect ambiance and surround guests with spectacular views of Lake Merritt. Capture the unique spirit of Oakland in this private setting by hosting various events including wedding ceremonies, receptions, corporate and private events and celebrations of all kinds..

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

Panoramic and sweeping view of Lake Merritt.
Striking, balconied glass-walled main room.
Linen Rental Services Available.
Non-Exclusive Approved Caterers List Available.
ADA Accessible
(Elevator located to the side of stair entrance).
Tables and Chairs Provided.
On-Site Parking at a nominal charge within Lakeside Park.

ROOM CAPACITY
125 Banquet Style
225 Standing.
RENTAL REQUIREMENTS
4-Hour Minimum Rental plus a deposit
is required when the reservation is made.


Unique Amenities

The Lake Merritt Sailboat House is staircased aloft Lake Merritt with and elevated entrance providing handicap accessibility, escorting guests to a striking banquet room with adjustable track lighting, full service kitchen, side terrace, vast deck and floor to ceiling glass windows illuminating the room with natural light.

Create the perfect ambiance and surround guest with spectacular views of Lake Merritt. Capture the spirit of Oakland in this private setting by hosting various events including wedding ceremonies, receptions, corporate and private events and celebrations of all kinds.

Below are the downloadable floor plans and sample setups for users to save and print. Allowing the user to preview the entire facility and aid in planning an event.

  • Sample Setup – provides sample layouts of the room/facility.
  • Setup Sheet – is a printable form for users to print out, fill in, and return to Parks and Recreation when they want to rent a facility.

You may hire a caterer of your choice.

Parking inside Lakeside Park on Bellevue Avenue is $2.00 for two hours (or $10 for all day parking) during weekdays and $5 all day parking on the weekend and holidays. The parking operating hours are from 7:30am until dusk.


Complete form to reserve Lake Merritt Sailboat House.

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

  • Applicant Details
  • Event Details
  • Event Details Cont’d.
  • Submit Reservation
Applicant Details
Event Details
Rent Full SpaceRent a Portion
Start Date
End Date
Type of Event/Purpose:
Type of Equipment to be used:
Event Details Cont’d.
Note: Charging admission, selling tickets or merchandise, or solicitation of money in any manner must be approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission 60 days or more in advance of event date.

Total Participants
# of Adults
# of Teens
# of Children/Infants
Please provide below special accommodations/request for your event. If no special accommodations required, please write NONE.
Note: An Opt-Out Fee is applicable to non-approved Caterers and non-Catered events.
Rental Fees (The minium rental requirement and deposit are required when the facility is reserved 31 days in advance.)