Day Trip Adventure: Spreckels Bison Loop

Enjoy the model boats at Spreckels Lake, hike around the Bison Paddock, Walk around North Lake, and visit the Fly Casting Pools

Cody Tolmasoff
5 min readMay 8, 2020

This is part of a series of family-oriented day trip outings around the San Francisco Bay Area I look forward to enjoying with my kids once social distancing and shelter in place isn’t the norm any longer.

Spreckels Lake by Cody Tolmasoff

Spreckels Bison Loop — Bonus Golden Gate Park Adventure

Growing up in the sunset, my childhood dog would love a ride to the dog run behind the Bison Paddock and Spreckels Lake. She would go nuts when we got close to Spreckels Lake. After a romp in the fenced-in area of the dog run, we would often have a walk around the Bison or the lake to wind down. Coming here always reminds me of her excitement.

This is a pleasant area of the park to walk around, mostly flat and a lot of eye-catching things to see. Have you had a chance to visit the Model Yacht Clubhouse?

Adventure: Spreckels Bison Loop in Golden Gate Park

  1. Enjoy the model boats at Spreckels Lake
  2. Hike around the Bison Paddock
  3. Walk around North Lake
  4. Visit the Fly Casting Pools

Visit the San Francisco Model Yacht Club

Boats inside of the San Francisco Model Yacht Club by Cody Tolmasoff

I think anyone who visits Spreckels Lake immediately has their inner child squeal with excitement when they see the model boats on the water. The details and working of these tiny boats are remarkable. I…



Cody Tolmasoff

Parent-adventurer, creating memories for my two daughters around the SF Bay Area. Author & publisher at @adventuringin & Chief Happiness Officer at @kiddiewalks