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Stow Lake

50 Stow Lake Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
+1 415-752-0347
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Located in Golden Gate National Park. Small boats are available for renting to sail Stow Lake.
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good42%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“row boat” (8 reviews)
“strawberry hill” (14 reviews)
“boat rentals” (4 reviews)
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50 Stow Lake Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118
Golden Gate Park
+1 415-752-0347
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1 - 10 of 70 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

By any standards very expensive boat rentals to row/paddle on a decidedly sub par man-made water feature. Forget trying to walk here as well. The whole park is set up to be explored by car only.

Thank Stranger1975
Reviewed 3 days ago

Just a short walk from the Japanese Tea Garden is Stow Lake and Strawberry Hill. Abundant with ducks, turtles and geese, this circular lake and central island make an idyllic place for a walk, a picnic and if you have energy to spare rent a...More

Thank KLE2013
Reviewed 13 September 2017

While at Golden Gate Park this was one of the places we visited. There is a lot of wildlife around the water, ducks, turtles, birds and none of them seem to be bothered by anyone walking near them. I walked over to Huntington Falls and...More

Thank Cheryl T
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Stow Lake is a fun diversion in a city full of so many great things to do! There is always lots of free parking around the lake even when all of the main streets are packed with cars and tourists. Bathrooms are usually clean. It's...More

Thank sfgogirl
Reviewed 18 July 2017

The pedalo hire at Stow Lake is well worth it, an hour will do fine for a gentle pedal around the lake among the geese, gulls and turtles. We absolutely loved it, great break from the city and a good laugh.

Thank woodthorn
Reviewed 19 June 2017

After a full afternoon exploring the Flower Conservatory and California Academy of Sciences, we wrapped up our visit to Golden Gate Park with a nice stroll around Stow Lake. We had fun looking for the turtles lurking in the water near the shore, and looking...More

Thank dunadan
Reviewed 29 April 2017

A wonderful man-made lake in Golden Gate Park. An ideal spot for simple meditation, picnicking, or a stroll. Either pass through on your way across the park, or stop a while, walk the trail, cross the foot bridges, and stop at the pavilion and waterfall....More

Thank Zoom_Gotti
Reviewed 22 February 2017

My husband and I went over to Stow lake and hired a paddle boat for an hour and we made our way slowly around the lake. From the arched bridges to paddle under and the abundant wild life, to the picturesque setting of the water...More

Thank norma_gordon
Reviewed 11 February 2017

This is a peaceful place especially in the morning and at night. Lots of people visit here and good for bikes.

Thank Alzor S
Reviewed 29 January 2017

It's nice, but's it's really not a lake per se. It is a ring of water around Strawberry Hill. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that. Just don't expect to do any waterskiing or other similar things on this "lake." :-)

Thank SuperTed19
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14 March 2017|
Response from norma_gordon | Reviewed this property |
Sorry! I have no idea. When we went, the waterfall was running freely and i have some beautiful photos of my husband and I in a pedal boat in front of the waterfall.
14 November 2015|
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Response from vipul61 | Reviewed this property |
coffee we took was good, we did not take anything to eat.