About Los Encinos

This website is hosted and maintained by the Los Encinos Docent Association to help preserve Los Encinos State Historic Park and support public education about this valuable resource and about the history of Southern California.


ImageLos Encinos State Historic Park at the corner of Balboa and Ventura Blvd., in Encino California, was, until the late 19th Century, the hub of human habitation in the Southern San Fernando Valley.

This five acre park is blessed with a natural spring, the water of which was reputed to be so sweet that animals would come for miles to drink from it. Because of the ready source of water, Indians of the tribe now called the "Gabrielino", "Fernandeno" or "Tongva" lived at the site of the park for hundreds, and perhaps thousands of years.

This valuable property passed through many hands, going from Indian to Mission to Californio to French and Basque control through the 19th Century. It now remains a visible link to our past, and in Los Angeles, such connections are rare and tenuous.

After having provided water for the thousands of people who have lived here over the centuries, the natural spring today feeds a flourishing duck pond. The ducks of Los Encinos, along with the tranquil surroundings amidst the bustle of Encino, have made this a favorite spot for parents to bring their children. It is also a great place for picnics, parties and weddings.