Lloyd Lake (San Francisco)

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Lloyd Lake
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Location Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°46′13″N 122°28′56″W / 37.77028°N 122.48222°W / 37.77028; -122.48222[1]Coordinates: 37°46′13″N 122°28′56″W / 37.77028°N 122.48222°W / 37.77028; -122.48222[1]
Basin countries United States

Lloyd Lake, also known as Mirror Lake or Kissane Lake, is a clay-lined lake in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, named in memory of Reuben Headley Lloyd, the park commissioner.[2] It is home to a wide variety of non-native, non-migratory birds. Birds to be found within the lake area include geese, Pekin ducks, Muscovy ducks, Campbell ducks, mallards, gulls and pigeons.[3]


The lake is home to some early San Francisco architecture: the remains of Alban Nelson Towne's 1101 California Street, Nob Hill house can be found by the lake, between JFK Drive and Crossover Drive.[4] After the 1906 earthquake and fire devastated the building, his wife presented the portico, popularly known as "Portals to the Past", to the park in 1909.[3] All that remains of the mansion are the ionic columns of the entrance, which stand in isolation.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

The site is mentioned in Alfred Hitchcock's film Vertigo (1958) as a place where Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak) enters a trance and becomes possessed. "Portals to the Past" also play a significant role in the novel License to Ensorcell (2011) by Katharine Kerr.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lloyd Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Pollock, Chris; Katz, Erica (2001). San Francisco's Golden Gate Park: A Thousand and Seventeen Acres of Stories. Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co. p. 97. ISBN 978-1-55868-545-1. 
  3. ^ a b "Lloyd Lake". Goldengatepark.com. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Myrick, David F. (2007). Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California: More on the northern roads. University of Nevada Press. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-87417-701-5. 
  5. ^ Fodor's San Francisco 2003: The Guide for All Budgets, Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore on and Off the Beaten Path. Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc., Univ. Press of Mississippi. 1 October 2002. p. 62. ISBN 978-1-4000-1051-6.