Lake Merced is located at Skyline Blvd and Harding Rd. This lake is surrounded by myriads of places such as the San Francisco Zoo, SFPD Shooting Range, Stonestown, San Francisco State University and much more.


One of the docks in Lake Merced. This dock is mainly used for dragonboating.



Many people find Lake Merced a perfect environment to do recreational activities. On a daily basis, Lake Merced is a very popular spot for fishing, running, biking, golfing, picnics, parties, bird-watching and water-sports. Once a year, watersports racing events are held at Lake Merced.


Lake Merced was originally inhabited by the Ohlone Indians, who fished in that lake and plied the Pacific Ocean for fish, seal and beach whale.