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.

Measure A DaysEntry and parking is free the first Saturday of the month at Stafford Lake Park, as well as McNears Beach Park, Paradise Beach Park, Black Point and Miller boat launches. Free Measure A Days continue through 2017: January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, and December 2.

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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