Oakwood Lake Manteca CA 95337


This is a private community, not accessible to the public but it has beautiful homes! When you mention Manteca to anyone in the region, and most of the time the Manteca Waterslides are the one thing they associate with it. A bunch of people will even start singing the jingle from the advertisements reading this study. “Slip away today and leave behind your worries-they’re the biggest in the world, so come and ride … the Manteca Waterslides!” I bet you remember that, don’t you?


The Manteca Waterslides was a water park that existed from 1974 to 2004 in Manteca’s Central Valley City, California. Founded by R.H. “Budge” Brown, the park enjoyed status as one of America’s best waterparks and had easy access to Interstate 5. Also known as Oakwood Park, the huge drop-down slide “V-Max” was familiar to the central valley park-goers.  In the summer of 2004, it was announced that the park would be closed.


The owners of the park cited high workers ‘ compensation and health care costs as reasons for the park’s closure in September 2004. Grey Davis put in laws that made the park pay redundant fees that caused the park to not be able to afford to stay open. There were exciting water slides, kiddie rides, arcades, beach and picnic facilities will provide you with everything you need for a fun day. The Manteca Waterslides opened their gates for the first time in the summer of 1974, just south of Highway 120, with easy access from Interstates 5 and 580. Designed by R.H. “Budge” Brown, a local farmer, was the West Coast’s first waterpark and holds an important place in history — the distinction of being the first water park to feature fiberglass slides — now an industry staple.


Nevertheless, the park’s most identifiable and feared feature was the huge, imposing, 80-foot behemoth known as V-Max – which still holds the record as California’s tallest waterslide. Unfortunately for the park, the same freeways that made the park so convenient were also good at providing Bay Area drivers with long-distance commuting choices. Suddenly, for affordable housing, Manteca was more known than water slides.Many of Manteca’s slides have never left.

The two that revolutionized the waterpark industry are still located on a private lot off Highway 120. And Great Wolf Lodge is looking to open one of their indoor waterpark resorts … you guessed … in Manteca in the years to come – after all, we might see the waterslides returning to Manteca.

This amazing location is located near Downtown Lathrop and also only a short distance away from:


  1. Lathrop City Hall
  2. Dos Reis Park
  3. Mossdale Landing Community Park
  4. Grant Line Canal
  5. The Green at Mossdale Landing
  6. The Commons at Mossdale Landing
  7. Mossdale Crossing Regional Park
  8. Manuel Valverde Park
  9. Stockton Field Aviation Museum
  10. Oakwood Lake

After visiting these amazing places make sure to stop by Remote Fill Systems on Murphy Parkway and say “Hi!”