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Lake Merced, San Francisco

#8 of 12 in Nature in San Francisco
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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 now closed skeet shooting club and the city's National Guard armory are also in the area. The lake was also the home of the Lake Merced Sailing Club, now closed, which provided training and racing for local sailors. Currently there is a sailing and paddling program operated by San Francisco State University.[1] 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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  • We took a nice walk by Lake Merced on a very pretty sunny warm August day in San Francisco. Its a huge lake and enjoyed by many.  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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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