Today, only three natural freshwater lakes are left in San Francisco—Mountain Lake, Pine Lake, and Lake Merced. In 1995 the lakes were designated Significant Natural Resource Areas by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission. Their wetland fringes are an important component of the Pacific Flyway, providing quality refuge for birds in a densely populated urban area. While Lake Merced’s declining water levels have received some press attention, few people know that the health of Pine Lake and Mountain Lake are also in question due to human activity and urbanization. The Neighborhood Parks Council of San Francisco has published a report on the current and future status of these lakes, “Leaving a Lake Legacy: San Francisco Lakes in Peril.” For more information or to get a copy of the report, visit www.sfneighborhoodparks.org or contact Amber Rosenberg at (415) 621-3260.
Like this article?
There’s lots more where this came from…
Subscribe to Bay Nature magazine
Most recent in Habitats: Freshwater, Bay, Marine
Hardly anyone knew about the plant called sea-blite when it lived on the shores of the San Francisco Bay. No one noticed when it disappeared. Now, thirty years after it went locally extinct, a freelance coastal ecologist sets out on an unlikely mission to bring it back.
Habitats: Freshwater, Bay, Marine | Plants and Fungi
Sea snails flee from predators. A new research paper suggests that ocean acidification impairs that ability.
Climate Change | Habitats: Freshwater, Bay, Marine | Wildlife: Invertebrates, Reptiles, Amphibians
Whale Watching: The Oceanic Society has offered naturalist-led whale-watching excursions in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1972. Excursions leave from San Francisco, Half Moon Bay, and Bodega Bay, on weekends from late December through mid-May. Tours also visit the Farallon Islands and Cordell Bank, a submerged island mass northwest of the Golden Gate Bridge. […]
Habitats: Freshwater, Bay, Marine | Recreation | Wildlife: Birds, Mammals, Fish