Stow Lake BoathouseCurrently Closed
The man made Stow lake in the middle of the Golden Gate Park is endlessly charming. There’s a wooded pathway all around it; a pretty Chinese pavilion on an island; a stone bridge; ducks and turtles on the water, and even a 110 foot high waterfall. The best way to enjoy it is to rent a boat to take out onto the water from the Boathouse. The boathouse also has a snack bar. If you don’t feel like renting, you can still walk around the lake. There are two bridges that will take you over to the island. The stairs beside the waterfall go to the top of Strawberry Hill, from where you have great views of of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Transamerica pyramid.
In April, many people drop by to admire the nesting Great Blue Herons.
Stow Lake Boathouse Travel Tips
- Don’t feed the ducks.
- There is parking available.
Entrance Ticket Details For Stow Lake Boathouse
- Rowboats: $14 per hour
- Paddle boats: $19 per hour
- Electric boats: $29 per hour
Stow Lake Boathouse Hours
- Last rental at 04:00 pm
How to Reach Stow Lake Boathouse
- Bus 5 stop Fulton and Park Presidio
- Bus 71 stop 19th Ave
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0.46% of people who visit San Francisco include Stow Lake Boathouse in their plan
95% of people start their Stow Lake Boathouse visit around 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Stow Lake Boathouse
People normally also visit War Memorial Opera House while planning their trip to Stow Lake Boathouse.
Stow Lake Boathouse Reviews & Ratings
Beautiful little place to grab a bite. The bacon sandwich was amazing. Nice and crisp bacon with great quality, fresh bread. And in what a nice location to be in too. Friendly staff. Nice and efficient service. Would love to come back here some day.
The price of rental isn't listed anywhere so you have to wait in line to ask, we just kept walking and enjoying the lake on foot, plenty to see from shore and on the island(accessible by a bridge on the North side and 1 on the South side, plus the water fall and Strawberry Hill(with great views). The Boathouse has a snack bar, nice to be able to get a bite and something to drink. Boat rentals were $10 for 2 hours when I was a child, probably $20 by now, I'll find out this summer when we go.
This is a wonderful oasis in the middle of a city. You can have a small picnic on the benches here. You must rent a boat and go around Stow Lake. It is very refreshing and relaxing to spend your leisure time here. For those with flexible time, there is no long lines for boat rental during weekdays.
Nice boat rentals. Person selling is not very helpful or friendly though. They don't seem to check your receipt carefully when you rent the boat or check how long you've been using it. Can't really explore much since the lake is so small. Nevertheless a great experience because it felt like we had left the city!
We had a blast on the boats. It was a beautiful trip. The birds and turtles made it even better. 😍