Water in the Presidio

Unfinished History


Mountain Lake in the Presidio, c. 1890.

Photo: Private Collection, San Francisco, CA

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Mountain Lake, 1941.

Photo: San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library


Lobos Creek, seen here in 1958, which drains to Baker Beach, is one of only two creeks that still run above ground in San Francisco. It provides 4 million gallons a day of fresh water to the Presidio.

Photo: Private Collection, San Francisco, CA

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Lobos Creek next to El Camino del Mar, July 2017.

Photo: Chris Carlsson

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