SF Rec and Park Offers Free Fishing Lesson at Lake Merced

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will offer free introduction fishing lesson for anyone 8 year-old and older at Lake Merced on Saturday, August 30th.  The free lesson will be provided at first come first serve basis between 8:00AM to 11:30AM.  For anyone who is 16 year-old and older must have a California fishing license, and can obtain the license on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ or at local fishing shop.


Those who are interested must avoid cotton clothing and wear synthetic or wool clothing, hate, and sunglasses as well as bring along water and food or snack.  The class may be cancelled due to harsh weather condition.  Fishing equipment will be provided.


“Come and fish at the beautiful Lake Merced, enjoy our natural areas and observe the wildlife,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager.  “At Lake Merced, there are common species of fish such as Rainbow Trout, Catfish, Black Bass, Carp and Sunfish.”


SF Rec and Park in partnership with the San Francisco Utilities Commission (SFPUC) recently renovated the Lake Merced Boat House; the $3.2 million renovation project is jointly funded by both agencies.  Lake Merced has supplied water to the City since the late 1860s, and the park was established in the 1950s.  The park is bounded by John Muir Drive, Skyline Boulevard, and Lake Merced Boulevard.  On Tuesday, July 8th, 2014, the agencies co-hosted an opening celebration providing series of aquatic activities and refreshment.


The $3.2 million Boat House improvement included the renovation of approximately 7200 square feet of the upper floor of the existing Lake Merced Boathouse, including demolition of existing interior partitions, finishes, equipment and fixtures.     Spaces for the foyer, restrooms, catering, changing rooms, office have been reconfigured, along with renovation of the concession, community room and rowing exercise spaces, with scope including new floor, ceiling, and wall finishes, fixtures, interior doors and windows, lighting, and associated MEP, data, and fire alarm upgrades.  The decking on the existing exterior balcony have been removed and replaced, and a new guardrail is in place along with waterproofing improvements to the deck.  In addition, the improvements also included new accessible exterior concrete ramp, landings, and steel handrails, modification of associated retaining walls and landscaping.


Lake Merced, a large freshwater lake in San Francisco’s southwestern corner, is the heart of a 614-acre park that is popular with boaters, hikers, bicyclists, and birdwatchers. A 4.5-mile paved trail circles the lake’s perimeter; facilities include many picnic areas and a boathouse, fishing pier, and boat launch. The park is bounded by three golf courses, including City-owned Harding Park.



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