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Spreckels Lake, San Francisco

#11 of 12 in Nature in San Francisco
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Spreckels Lake Model Yacht Facility, commonly referred to as "Spreckels Lake", is an artificial reservoir behind an earthen dam and adjoining clubhouse situated on the northern side of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Completed in mid-March 1904, the reservoir was built for the use of model boaters of all ages, interests, and skill levels, designed specifically for racing model sail and power boats and to propagate the skills and crafts necessary to build and sail competitive model boats of all types. The Spreckels Lake Model Yacht Facility is considered one of the finest examples and one of the most beautiful of the naturalistically styled, man-made model boating facilities in the world and is always open to anyone wishing to sail its waters with few restrictions. The facility is also the permanent home to the San Francisco Model Yacht Club (SFMYC), the organization at whose request Spreckels Lake and the adjoining clubhouses were built and whose history is and always will be irrevocably intertwined with the history of the facility.

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  • Stopped for a few more Utes to view the lake area with gentlemen sailing their remote controlled motorized toy boats. Very unique to watch the fancy toys the men had out on the water.  more »
  • The San Francisco Model Yacht Club, founded in 1898, is the oldest model yacht club in the Americas, and the second-oldest yacht club in the San Francisco Bay Area. Model Yacht sailing involves the.....  more »
  • I Iove to jog around this beautiful lake located in Golden Gate Park on 36th Avenue. The lake is actually a reservoir and used to facilitate model yachts that often float about on weekends. On other days it is a great uncrowded place to walk or jog in a serene settings with ducks and turtles. Alternatively just enjoy the setting with friends on one of the many benches surrounding the lake. Or just have an Al fresco lunch and drink in the beauty around.
  • One of the most beautiful spots in Golden Gate Park, a veritable Oasis in the City. Walk around the lake, enjoy the wildlife, sit on a bench and relax. Just off Fulton by 36th Ave entrance to the park.

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