Mountain Lake lies nearly hidden at the southern edge of the Presidio. The campsite of the Anza settlement party in 1776, it became a source of fresh water for San Francisco during the early years. Much of the lake's shoreline was buried in the 1930s to provide a freeway approach to the Golden Gate Bridge, but ducks and waterfowl still make their home among the tule reeds. Mountain Lake today fronts a popular neighborhood park with playground equipment, tennis courts and a Par Course.
Did You Know?
In the aftermath of a tragic fire that killed four family members of General John Pershing, the army built a fire station at the Presidio. The new Presidio Fire Station was the first on any U.S. Army post to house a permanent fire company with trained firefighters.