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Lake Merced, San Francisco

4.3
#8 of 12 in Nature in San Francisco
Lake Merced is a freshwater lake in the southwest corner of San Francisco, in the U.S. state of California. It is surrounded by three golf courses (the private Olympic Club and San Francisco Golf Club, and the public TPC Harding Park), as well as residential areas, Lowell High School, San Francisco State University, Lakeshore Alternative Elementary School, Stonestown Galleria, Fort Funston and the Pacific Ocean. The San Francisco Police Department shooting range, as well as a skeet shooting club and the city's National Guard armory are also in the area. The lake is home of the Pacific Rowing Club and St. Ignatius College Prep Rowing Team, both competitive rowing programs for San Francisco high school students.


The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has developed a safe eating advisory for Lake Merced based on levels of mercury found in fish caught from this water body.
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  • An excellent place to take a walk with friends and your dog. I like best walking on a trail on the rough side of it. I love walking on those trails. There are areas which are great use for cameras or....  more »
  • Much used and loved by the people who live around the Lake with lots of recreational opportunities. But not the best objective for tourists as it is fairly simple.  more »
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  • Great place to jog/run/walk. Surfaces are flat and semi busy. Parking is easy to find. Most are trails. On one side by the zoo is a boathouse with picnic areas. Relaxing and peaceful.
  • Fog. Overcast. That's this region temperature. Have a friend walk with you, time goes by faster. I love the trail going through the golf course except my nightmare is getting hit by golf ball. You can eat inside their golf cafe. That is probably why i like going thtough the golf course.

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