San Francisco Sights

Stow Lake

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

Updated 01/29/2015

Fodor's Review

Russian seniors feed the pigeons, kids watch turtles sunning themselves, and joggers circle this placid body of water, Golden Gate Park's largest lake. Early park superintendent John McLaren may have snarked that manmade Stow Lake was "a shoestring around a watermelon," but for more than a century visitors have come to walk its paths and bridges, paddle boats, and climb Strawberry Hill (the "watermelon"). Cross one of the bridges—the 19th-century stone bridge on the southwest side is lovely—and ascend the hill; keep your eyes open for the waterfall and an elaborate Chinese Pavilion. Or head out on the lake in a pedal boat, rowboat, or electric boat.

Sight Information


Off John F. Kennedy Dr., San Francisco, California, 94118, United States


415-386–2531-boat rental

Sight Details:

  • Boat rentals daily 10–4

Updated 01/29/2015


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