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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.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good42%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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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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Reviewed 3 days ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Peaceful place at the beautiful Golden Gate Park, where you can do hiking among tall trees or have a boat ride around the lake. Those hungry after the pedalling or rowing can have refreshments at the Boathouse. They have (a bit) more than the normal...More

Thank Lam N
Reviewed 29 December 2016

My husband and I rented a pedal boat there after our visit to the Japanese Tea Garden. It was about $29 or $30 (I believe) for an hour. It was so relaxing and easy to pedal around at our leisure. We saw ducks, turtles, and...More

Thank Kim W
Reviewed 13 November 2016

My husband and I stopped by Golden Gate Park for a few hours of quiet before flying out of San Fran. I've always wanted to rent a pedal boat on the lake there, and we finally did this go around. It's a little pricey by...More

Thank FriuliFan
Reviewed 4 November 2016

Stumbled on Stow Lake while wandering around Golden Gate Park. Plenty of benches to sit and enjoy the view and the antics of the many birds or watch the turtles sunbathing. The path is well-kept around the perimeter. There are two bridges to the island,...More

Thank Rebekah B
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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.