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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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Located in Golden Gate National Park. Small boats are available for renting...

Located in Golden Gate National Park. Small boats are available for renting to sail Stow Lake.

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Great paths.

There is nice bridge, and a waterfall. Also some nice views, and wildlife to watch. Boats are available for rent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Leah L
Salt Lake City, Utah

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San Francisco, USA
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197 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've come here with family, with old and new friends, and by myself, and I always enjoy it, always feel calm, always enjoy the beauty, and am always grateful to be there. I hope you enjoy it too. I feel so lucky to live nearby!

Thank JDZatSF
Salt Lake City, Utah
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43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is nice bridge, and a waterfall. Also some nice views, and wildlife to watch. Boats are available for rent.

Thank Leah L
Winnipeg, Canada
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155 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My mother and I visited Stow Lake in the Golden Gate Park during the afternoon of July 30th. Stow Lake is a small lake in the middle of Golden Gate Park. There was a hilly island in the middle of the lake, that was connected to the mainland on one side. On the island, my mother and I wandered through... More 

Thank brittanymaria423
san diego
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Beautiful small "ring" of a lake. rent a row boat and paddle around it. Turtles and ducks swim by. Two pretty bridges. Very Romantic

Thank 3c1a
London, United Kingdom
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759 reviews
661 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 625 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Since 1893, a beautiful place to row, paddle or glide electrically within Golden Gate Park! Open 10-5 Monday through Thursday, and 10-6 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is a cafe and a (fairly small) picnic area. Admission is free but there are boat rental fees: $20 per hour for rowboats, $25 per hour per 2-person paddle boats, and $35... More 

Thank etweeden
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68 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

My friend and I were taking a tour of San Francisco and we decided to have our tour guide show us Golden Gate Park and to stop at Stow Lake. Stow lake is so cool because it is just huge and it has a island in the middle of the lake. There are beautiful stone bridges, birds, Chinese architecture, and... More 

Thank Ayayitstiffany
San Francisco, California, United States
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39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

I've come to Stow Lake several times over the years for various reasons: romantic boat ride when it's not too crowded, picnic with friends near the water, quiet walk around the lake and the island in the middle, etc. If you're in GG park on a nice day and want to just chill for an hour or so, I recommend... More 

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San Francisco, California
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Many people live in the bay area and are unaware of this hidden gem. Lake Stow is a small lake in the heart of Golden Gate and within 10 min walking from California Academy of Science. I love taking the hike to the top of the Hill in the middle of the lake and walk back towards the boat rental... More 

Thank Megan K
Orlando, Florida
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519 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,279 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I came across GG Park’s lake when visiting SF Botanical Garden. There’s an island and on the far shore of the lake, I saw food-truck vendors. Given the number of small boats, I imagine there are rentals. There are some negative reviews about food/boat vendors and charge to access the lake, but there’s no charge to view this peaceful pond.... More 

Thank DeanMurphy2020
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

Took my 10 & 8 year old here and rented a rowboat. Fun and scenic trip, and easy to row around. Take some bread for the ducks, or buy a snack at the boat house.

Thank Melanie O

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