Though its precise size is unknown, Toluca Lake must be large enough to accommodate the construction of two mid-sized towns upon its shores, with those towns being a boat-ride apart from each other. Numerous hills encompass it, suggesting it may rest in a valley. In addition to hills, rivers and swaths of pine forest are also shown to be plentiful.
Once part of an area claimed as ‘Holy Land’ by indigenous native tribes, the area containing the lake entered into the hands of European settlers in the late 1600s when the original inhabitants were forced out of the area.
With the towns of Silent Hill and Shepherd’s Glen built right upon its shores, it was hoped that with income lost from coal mining when deposits ran dry, Toluca Lake would become a beacon of tourism.
Toluca Lake began to become a famous touristic destination even before the coal mines closed. Many tourist offices opened across the town of Silent Hill, as well as boat launchers, hotels and motels, giving the tourists many options to choose where to relax during their trips in the region.
The Toluca Lake View Hotel, for example, was one of the most notables ones, and has been built right on the shore of the lake, offering the tourists immediate access to the lake for swimming at warm periods.
Even if the lake has been an attractive destination for many tourists, some infamous but mysterious maritime accidents occured in the lake at past times. It’s a possibility that the area has seen a steep decline in terms of tourist economy.