Lake Lagunita used to be a lake. A real lake. I grew up near Stanford Campus and in the summer, my mom would take my sister and I, and sometimes our friends to Lake Lag on Stanford campus. The lake now is really more of a marshy divot around which people jog. My mom now takes my daughter there in the spring, where she collects tadpoles that will eventually turn into frogs. When they have made their transformation, we return them. When I was little there was a lot more water. I think they used to fill it in the summer, for recreation. I don’t know why or when they stopped, but I suspect it was because it was a waste of water, or not ecologically very sound. But I sure did love it as a kid. I dug up these photos from the Stanford Archives.
Update: I just found this post from The Unofficial Stanford Blog, and apparently it is no longer filled for two reasons: the vulnerable Tiger Salamander (who live in the marshy lake) and cost. I wish they’d bring it back.