Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

A Classic California Valley

Stafford Lake Park with new zip lineSet on the shores of Stafford Lake in Novato, this 139-acre park offers shore fishing (catfish, bluegill, and bass), the Terwilliger nature trail, picnic areas with BBQ for groups of up to 500, lawn areas, meadows, adventure playground, volleyball, disc golf course, and horseshoe courts. Learn about park hours and entry fees. Sorry, no dogs or companion animals at Stafford, except service animals.

Stafford Lake Bike Park, designed for riders of all levels, features the only dual slalom course west of Truckee. Find out about bike park alerts and closures by calling (415) 473-JUMP (5867). Learn more about the Stafford Lake bike park project.

Stafford Lake Park hosts many large events, including musical performances and popular festivals. Visit park reservations or call (415) 897-0618 to learn how to reserve a group area for 20 or more people at Stafford Lake Park.

Thanks to Measure A, we have a master plan for improving Stafford. Read the Stafford Lake Park Master Plan.

Disc Golf at Stafford Lake

Disc Golf Fun for the whole family! To play disc golf (sometimes called frisbee golf) players throw a disc at a target. The goal is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws. The Stafford course has 18 holes, with long and short tees, and a multitude of disc basket locations. The Professional Disc Golf Association registered course covers 44 acres, with gentle 200-foot elevation changes, and sweeping vistas of the Stafford Lake watershed. Check out the course map. Pro tournaments such as the Stafford Lake Pro/Am, The Turkey Shoot, The Ice Bowl, and the Northern California Championships have been hosted here. Read the disc golf brochure.

Measure A DaysOn Measure A Days, entry and parking is free at Stafford Lake Park, as well as McNears Beach Park, Paradise Beach Park, Black Point and Miller boat launches.

If you have a library card, check out a free park pass from any Marin County Free Library branch, including Marin Civic Center, Bolinas, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Inverness, Marin City, Novato, Point Reyes, South Novato, Stinson Beach, and the roving Bookmobile. The pass hangs from the rear view mirror of a car and can be checked out for one week at a time. Note: The pass covers entry and parking.


Stafford Lake Park is located at 3549 Novato Blvd, Novato.
From Hwy 101 in Novato, take exit 463 for San Marin Dr west 2.9 miles. Turn right onto Novato Blvd and follow for 2.6 miles. The park is on the left.

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