Stafford Lake Park

139-acre Stafford Lake Park is a great place for group picnics, outdoor games, shore fishing, or a sunset stroll.

Rangers Recommend

  • Enjoy scenic views of Stafford Lake, three miles west of downtown Novato.
  • Fish from the shore for catfish, bluegill, and bass. Anglers over age 16 need a fishing license.
  • Hike the Terwilliger Nature Trail. View waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds. Bring your binoculars.
  • Home to Stafford Lake Bike Park. Visit the Bike Park web page for more information and bike park rules. 
  • Features an 18-hole disc golf course.  
  • This is one of the few places in the Bay Area with trees that turn beautiful fall colors.


Kids Playground


BBQs, Benches, Drinking Fountains, Group Picnic Areas, Lawn Turf, Parking, Playground, Restroom

Know Before You Go

  • No swimming, boating, or floatables in the lake. It's a North Marin Water District reservoir.
  • Groups of more than 20 people must make an advance reservation. Learn more about group reservations.
  • No dogs or other domestic animals allowed at Stafford Lake Park, except service animals per the Americans With Disabilities Act.