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Stow Lake

50 Stow Lake Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118 (Golden Gate Park)
415 752 0347
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Ranked #150 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Sailing, Picnicking
Description: Located in Golden Gate National Park. Small boats are available for renting to sail Stow Lake.
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Santa Rosa, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
11 reviews 11 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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102 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
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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35 helpful votes 35 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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45 helpful votes 45 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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53 helpful votes 53 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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utah, USA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We stopped by Stow Lake and decided to eat first. Our burgers took a half hour to get to us and weren't anything special, the condiments jars were practically empty, and they didn't really appear to care. You can go out rowing on the lake (which is pretty), but we were so done with them by the time they bothered... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

After ordering my food (2 burgers, a simple 1/4 patty at $10.50 each) it took over 30 minutes before I received it. Then, the condiments at the bar were all empty and the place looked trashy overall. Will never return.

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