Guide to San Francisco Bay Area Creeks

San Francisco Dunes, Northwest

One of the best locations to view remains of the once-vast dune fields of western San Francisco is on the north bank of Lobos Creek, designated as Point of Interest 2 on this map. There is little of the sand-dune plant community left in Golden Gate Park, but hydrologically it functions much as it always has. There are no stormdrains; rainfall simply soaks into the sandy soil. Many of the lakes today are remnants of the naturally occurring lakes, where topographic low spots intersected the water table.

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Portion of Creek & Watershed Map of San Francisco & Vicinity -- Purchase Printed Map

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San Francisco, circa 1860
Geology & Groundwater Basins
Lakes and Ponds
Historical San Francisco Peninsula
San Francisco 1869-2007
Present-Day Drainage Systems

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Dune Scrub Community

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Sand Dunes at Lobos Creek Mountain Lake Golden Gate Park