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Discovering the Hidden Gem of Golden Gate Park: The Fly Casting Pools and Anglers Lodge

Nestled in the lush expanse of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the Fly Casting Pools and Anglers Lodge stand as a testament to the city’s rich tradition of angling and outdoor recreation. This hidden gem, located just across from the Bison Paddock, offers a tranquil escape for fishing enthusiasts and curious visitors alike.

A Rich History

The Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club, housed within the rustic mountain-style lodge beside the pools, has been a cornerstone of San Francisco’s fishing community for generations. Established to promote the art of fly fishing, the club and its facilities have welcomed countless individuals eager to learn and perfect their casting techniques. Over the years, it has hosted numerous tournaments and events, drawing participants from around the globe.

Did you know?

    1. The Fly Casting Pools were constructed in the 1930s, making them one of the oldest facilities of their kind in the United States.
    2. The Anglers Lodge, with its distinctive architecture, was built during the same period and is considered a historical landmark within Golden Gate Park.
    3. The pools are one of the few places in the world where you can practice fly casting in a park setting, free of charge.

Today’s Casting Community

Today, the Fly Casting Pools continue to be a vibrant center for the angling community in San Francisco. Open to the public and free of charge, these serene pools offer a perfect setting for both seasoned fly fishers and newcomers to the sport. The Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club remains active, with members often on hand to share tips and techniques with visitors looking to improve their casting.

Not to Be Missed

Free Casting Lessons

The club offers free casting lessons on certain days, providing an excellent opportunity for beginners to learn the basics of fly fishing in a friendly, welcoming environment.

Special Events and Tournaments

Check the club’s calendar for special events and tournaments that showcase the skill and sportsmanship of fly fishing at its best.

The Scenic Beauty of Golden Gate Park

Surrounding the Fly Casting Pools and Anglers Lodge is the natural beauty of Golden Gate Park, offering a peaceful backdrop for a day of casting or simply enjoying the outdoors.

Location and Information

Address: Located in the western end of Golden Gate Park, across from the Bison Paddock, San Francisco, CA

Website: For more information on the Fly Casting Pools, Anglers Lodge, and the Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club, visit

Visiting the Fly Casting Pools and Anglers Lodge is a unique San Francisco experience, offering a blend of sporting tradition, natural beauty, and community spirit. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or simply seeking a serene spot to enjoy the park, this historic facility welcomes all. It’s a place where the timeless art of fly fishing continues to thrive, surrounded by the stunning landscapes of Golden Gate Park.


Information Provided by: SF Recreation and Park Department 

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