Lobos Creek

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Lobos Creek
Country United States
State California
Region San Francisco County
City San Francisco, California
Source The Presidio
 - location The Presidio
Mouth Baker Beach, Pacific Ocean
 - location San Francisco, California
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m)

Lobos Creek (from the Spanish for sea lion, lobo marino — literally, "sea wolf") is a stream in the Presidio of San Francisco in San Francisco, California.[1][2]


Lobos Creek runs from runoff in the Presidio and Seacliff areas and underground seepage from springs that form Mountain Lake to the Pacific Ocean, marking the division between Baker Beach and China Beach.[1][2] Conservation and restoration efforts are under way to remove invasive vegetation and improve water flow, in addition to deculverting.[3]

Lobos Creek is the Presidio's primary source of potable water. About a million gallons per day—half the average flow of the creek—is diverted to a water treatment facility in the Presidio.[4]

Broken pipes also leak raw sewage into the creek, causing a pool at Baker Beach and Lobos Creek where children play to be the most contaminated in the Bay Area.[5]

Coordinates: 37°47′26″N 122°29′07″W / 37.790485°N 122.48525°W / 37.790485; -122.48525[6]


  1. ^ a b Museum of California Creeks Map, access date December 31, 2008
  2. ^ a b Museum of California Archived 2011-07-23 at the Wayback Machine., Lobos Creek Watershed Map, access date December 31, 2008
  3. ^ Splashes with Wolves: Lobos Creek is S.F.'s last open waterway, San Francisco Chronicle, by Geoffrey Coffrey, May 31, 2003, access date December 31, 2008
  4. ^ "Water Conservation". The Presidio Trust. Retrieved 10 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Bay Area beaches grade well for safe swimming, May 27, 2010 by Carolyn Jones, San Francisco Chronicle
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lobos Creek

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