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Stow Lake

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Address: 50 Stow Lake Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone Number: 415 752 0347
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Activities: Sailing, Picnicking
Description: Located in Golden Gate National Park. Small boats are available for...
Located in Golden Gate National Park. Small boats are available for renting to sail Stow Lake.
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Pond life

I was rather underwhelmed by Stow Lake. As a birder, I had hoped for more wildlife (accepting it was mid-summer). As someone else has said, this is an ok spot for locals to jog... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 13, 2015
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Framlingham, United Kingdom
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Framlingham, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
31 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

I was rather underwhelmed by Stow Lake. As a birder, I had hoped for more wildlife (accepting it was mid-summer). As someone else has said, this is an ok spot for locals to jog round, but is no more interesting than the pond in my local park and if anything a little on the murky and unkempt side. Not for... More 

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Sacramento, California
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29 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I am a San Francisco native and have been to Golden Gate Park too many times to count, but believe it or not, I never rented a boat on Stow Lake. If you are going to the Academy of Sciences, the DeYoung Museum or the Japanese Tea Garden, it is a short walk up to Stow Lake, a small body... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Got here on a Friday and surprised to see there was ample parking around. We even moved the car closer to the lake which was nice. We did not have time to go paddleboating, chose to hike around Strawberry Hill instead. We loved the mini-falls! - hiked on top of it. We would have hike all the way to the... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

For some outdoor fun in San Francisco it is fun to go boating on Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. It is fun to take either row boats or paddle boats out. We also like the lake for its peaceful scenery within San Francisco. It is a nice place to take a walk. We have enjoyed having a picnic here.... More 

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Becker, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My friends and I had a great time row boating on the lake. It could have been very serene if we hadn't decided to get competitive... I loved all the inlets and corridors one could take around the islands, and there was a good amount of wildlife to enjoy along the way. Very lovely scenery. I would definitely come back.

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Tracy, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Stow Lake is a “series of attractions” that I have reviewed for Golden Gate Park over the years, either by myself or with my family, during frequent visits into San Francisco. I have visited this small lake on numerous occasions over the years, mostly just to see the place and how it has changed and just out of plain curiosity.... More 

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San Diego
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108 reviews 108 reviews
25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We rented a paddle boat (two adults and an 8 year old). It was a delightful ride around Strawberry Hill island. Plants and wildfowl were plentiful. We then hiked the trail to the top of Strawberry Hill and had great city and G Gate Park views. We will be back!

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San Jose, California
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48 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Stow Lake is within the Golden Gate Park and it's a pretty place with a few activities to do in the area. You can head over to the lake on foot or park nearby and catch a "bean burger" or any type of burger lunch, they also serve hot dogs (which I liked) and the "black bean burger" is really... More 

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Ogden, Utah
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107 reviews 107 reviews
68 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Stow Lake, located within Golden Gate park is a bit of a misnomer. This isn't a lake, it's a decent pond. It is pretty, and does include several trails which offer a decent hike. It is a nice place to relax and would be a fun place to bring a date for a picnic. The little paddle boats were not... More 

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Platte City, Missouri
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

There are a lot of ducks on the lake, but I didn't see any boats at all. It also looked really run down. I made sure a couple of times to make sure we had the right lake.

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