Conference Venue

Venue – Location and Floor Plans

The 2019 State of the Estuary Conference took place at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, where we hosted the 2007 and 2017 State of the Estuary Conferences. The Scottish Rite Center, built in 1927, is a stunning building on the shore of beautiful Lake Merritt.

Access the Google Map for driving and public transportation directions.

Floor Plans: 




Parking & Public Transportation

The Scottish Rite Center is located along the shores of Lake Merritt, where parking is limited. We encourage you to use public transportation where possible. The Lake Merritt BART Station is a 10 minute walk to the venue, and the 12th Street/Oakland City Center BART Station is a 15 minute walk. A Ford GoBike station is also located a few steps away from either BART station for anyone that uses this service.

Parking lots in the area include:

  • Alcopark Parking Garage at 165 – 13th St (large circular building). Keep in mind this closes at 7 pm, so if you’re attending the evening poster session reception, please be sure to move your car before this, otherwise your car will be locked in. Five minute walk to the venue.
  • Lot at 1309 Madison, 24 hr, pay by phone only (download their app). Five minute walk to the venue. 
  • LAZ Parking at 1432 Harrison or 1331 Harrison. Ten minute walk to the venue.
  • Douglas Parking at 1721 Webster – again, 7 pm close time. Ten minute walk to the venue. 

ADA Accessibility and Parking

Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this public meeting should contact Sarina Seaton ( no later than five days prior to the meeting. ADA parking is available behind the venue with a valid placard.


The venue is not affiliated with a hotel, and thus we are not able to book a room block. Please contact hotels in the area on your own for accommodations. Those located near downtown Oakland or in Jack London Square will be just a short ride or healthy walk to the site.


Conference registration includes light coffee and pastries both mornings, as well as lunch both days. The reception on the first evening will offer appetizers and drinks. If you are staying overnight and would like to explore meal options in the area, the Uptown, Grand Lake and Lakeshore areas surrounding Lake Merritt offer many dining options relatively close by.