GGP - Stow Lake Boathouse 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). 


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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! Looking across at the waterfall and listening to the ducks, your friends and family will have a great time at the Stow Lake picnic area. After snacks, go rent a paddleboat and join the fun on the lake itself!


50 Stow Lake Drive
San Francisco, CA 94102

Picnic & Party Features

  • The entire set of eight picnic tables and two BBQ grills at Stow Lake is reservable for a party. The picnic area is located at the far end of the parking lot, across from the Boathouse. The tables are each marked with a Park number.
  • Restrooms are located onsite.
  • Cheers! Beer and wine are welcome at the Stow Lake Boathouse picnic area, but kegs and liquor are not. Remember: carrying open alcoholic beverages outside the picnic area is never permitted.
  • There is a grassy area in between the picnic tables, but it is not big enough for most lawn games or sports
  • The picnic area at Stow Lake is on Stow Lake Drive, at the far end of the parking lot across from the Boathouse. On Saturdays (April to September) and Sundays (year-round), no cars are allowed on JFK Drive; access is only from MLK Drive

Reservable Picnic Areas

Yes; 8 8-foot tables and 2 grills reservable from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Yes - Lot Available -Limited Availability

Additional Park Picnic Area Information

  • Alcohol: Yes; Beer and Wine Only; No Glass/No Liquor
  • BBQ Allowed: Yes – Must Use Existing Built-In Grill at the Site 
  • Jumpers Allowed: Not Allowed
  • Restrooms: Yes
  • Capacity: 75


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

Reservation Fees & Details

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