GGP-Stow Lake South Side Lawn Picnic Area


Recent incidents suggest that a coyote in this area is protecting its den. Coyotes may become more assertive during pup rearing season (April – August) towards humans and other animals.


KEEP DOGS OUT OF THIS AREA.  Dogs, whether on a leash or not, may be perceived as a threat – especially during pup rearing season. Failure to adhere to this warning is a violation of Park Code Section 5.08 (Disturbing Wildlife). 


Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep the park safe for people, pets and wildlife. For animal emergencies, contact Animal Care & Control (415) 554-9400.

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Park Picnic Area Information

Stow Lake is one of the headline attractions of Golden Gate Park — and its lovely picnic spot can be yours for a party! Your friends and family will have a great time at the Stow Lake south side lawn picnic area. After snacks, go rent a paddle boat and join the fun on the lake.


Stow Lake Drive
San Francisco, CA 94122

Picnic & Party Features

  • B.Y.O. blanket or chairs — No picnic tables or BBQ grills are provided at Stow Lake south side lawn
  • Restrooms are located at the Stow Lake Boathouse parking lot.
  • Cheers! Beer and wine are welcome at the Stow Lake south side lawn picnic area, but kegs and liquor are not. Remember: carrying open alcoholic beverages outside the picnic area is never permitted.
  • Inflatable play structures (a.k.a. jumpy houses) are not permitted.

Reservable Picnic Areas

Yes; No tables, grass area only.


Street - limited availability

Additional Park Picnic Area Information

  • Alcohol: Yes; Beer and Wine Only; No Glass/No Liquor 
  • BBQ Allowed: Not Allowed
  • Jumpers Allowed: Not Allowed
  • Restrooms: Stow Lake parking lot restrooms


View the Picnic Area Map page to see a map of the area.

Reservation Fees & Details

View our Picnic and Impact Fees