GGP – Stow Lake South Side Lawn

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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 itself!


  1. B.Y.O. blanket or chairs — No picnic tables or BBQ grills are provided at Stow Lake south side lawn, but you are welcome to bring your own gas grill.
  2. Restrooms are located at the Stow Lake Boathouse parking lot.
  3. 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.
  4. Inflatable play structures (a.k.a. jumpy houses) are not permitted.


When turning on Stow Lave Drive from MLK Drive the grass area is on the right hand side before you reach the boathouse.

Reservable Picnic Areas: No tables, grass area only
Restrooms: Yes - Stow Lake Parking Lot
Jumpers Allowed: Not Allowed
BBQ Allowed: Not Provided - BYO Gas Grill
Alcohol: Yes; Beer and Wine Only; No Glass/No Liquor
Parking: Street - limited availability
Nearest Bathroom: Stow Lake parking lot restrooms