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Lake Merced - San Francisco, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
N 37° 43.558 W 122° 30.047
10S E 543992 N 4175528
Quick Description: In 1775 Captain Don Bruno de Heceta christened this lake Laguna de Nuestra Señora de la Merced. Lake Merced is fed by an underground spring and as recently as 1869 had an outlet to the nearby Pacific Ocean.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 2/20/2012 9:36:21 AM
Waymark Code: WMDRTD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tmob
Views: 9

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Lake Merced is a freshwater lake in the southwest corner of San Francisco serving as a recreational spot, surrounded by much parkland. It is the heart of a 614-acre park that is popular with boaters, hikers, bicyclists, and birdwatchers.

The lake is surrounded by three golf courses: the private Olympic Club and San Francisco Golf Club, and the public TPC Harding Park. It was the last area of San Francisco to develop, making it the best place to put the large San Francisco Zoo and the campus for San Francisco State University. It offers a 4.4 mile loop trail along paved trails encircling Lake Merced Park.

There are many benches and picnic tables located throughout the course of the lake. The Lake Merced and Brotherhood Way entrances have picnic tables if you cross the small foot bridge. It's a perfect place to run, walk your dog or go fishing. It's a great spot for bird watching too. Be on the look out for hawks, grebes, loons, egrets, cormorants, and smaller birds.

On September 13, 1859, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court David S. Terry killed United States Senator David C. Broderick in a duel at the lake.

A Dragon Boat through the Pines Lake Merced

Lake Merced, South End Lake Merced, Looking South toward SFSU

Lake Type: Other

Coordinates location: Scenic Lokout

Surface area: 650 acres

Website: [Web Link]

Max. Length: Not listed

Max. Width: Not listed

Max. Depth: Not listed

Parking / trail head: Not Listed

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