Best lakes in Marin County

Check out the top lakes in Marin County, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Phoenix Lake
1. Phoenix Lake
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9 local reviews
Phoenix Lake
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Michael
Beautiful morning nature walk with coffee in hand around Phoenix Lake. Don't bother driving there, there's…
Jennifer
Another lovely local hike. It takes about an hour to circle the lake.
Heather & Nate
Gorgeous easy hike around the lake. Limited parking.
1. Phoenix Lake
1. Phoenix Lake
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9 local reviews
Phoenix Lake
Michael
Michael
Beautiful morning nature walk with coffee in hand around Phoenix Lake. Don't bother driving there, there's never parking. About a 15 minute…
Jennifer
Jennifer
Another lovely local hike. It takes about an hour to circle the lake.
Heather & Nate
Heather & Nate
Gorgeous easy hike around the lake. Limited parking.
2. Lake Lagunitas
2. Lake Lagunitas
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10 local reviews
Lake Lagunitas
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Jo
Above Fairfax, the Sky Oaks watershed (Marin Municipal Water Authority) offers a wide range of hikes in the…
Jeannie
Simple, level walk around Lake Lagunitas, need a pass but ask and I'll let you borrow mine. Otherwise, self…
Peggy
One of our favorites. Take a leisurely hike around this wooded lake.
2. Lake Lagunitas
2. Lake Lagunitas
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10 local reviews
Lake Lagunitas
Jo
Jo
Above Fairfax, the Sky Oaks watershed (Marin Municipal Water Authority) offers a wide range of hikes in the shadow of Mt. Tam, including…
Jeannie
Jeannie
Simple, level walk around Lake Lagunitas, need a pass but ask and I'll let you borrow mine. Otherwise, self pay for parking. Share the trail…
Peggy
Peggy
One of our favorites. Take a leisurely hike around this wooded lake.
3. Palomarin Trail Head-Alamere Falls
3. Palomarin Trail Head-Alamere Falls
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7 local reviews
Palomarin Trail Head-Alamere Falls
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Shelby
A trailhead to spectacular hiking along the coast. A mellow hike that is mostly rolling hills. I'd recommend…
Hisako
Hike along the cliffs with beautiful ocean views to Bass lake where you can swim or continue on for another…
Misti
This is one of my favorite trails, leads to a water fall that drops to the sea (the beach actually), take a…
3. Palomarin Trail Head-Alamere Falls
3. Palomarin Trail Head-Alamere Falls
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7 local reviews
Palomarin Trail Head-Alamere Falls
Shelby
Shelby
A trailhead to spectacular hiking along the coast. A mellow hike that is mostly rolling hills. I'd recommend hiking out to Bass Lake for a…
Hisako
Hisako
Hike along the cliffs with beautiful ocean views to Bass lake where you can swim or continue on for another 1.5 miles to Alamere falls; a 40…
Misti
Misti
This is one of my favorite trails, leads to a water fall that drops to the sea (the beach actually), take a dip in bass lake along the way.
4. Natalie Coffin Greene Park
4. Natalie Coffin Greene Park
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12 local reviews
Natalie Coffin Greene Park, Ross
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 415-453-1453
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Seth
The Marin Municipal Water District manages all the land on the northeastern slope of Mount Tamalpais. They…
Kathleen
Phoenix Lake is one of the closest hiking trails to my home, and it is beautiful, mostly level walk. Most…
Janel
Gorgeous hike around the Phoenix Lake Reservoir. Biking is also permitted. Family and dog friendly.
4. Natalie Coffin Greene Park
4. Natalie Coffin Greene Park
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12 local reviews
Natalie Coffin Greene Park, Ross
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 415-453-1453
Seth
Seth
The Marin Municipal Water District manages all the land on the northeastern slope of Mount Tamalpais. They created 5 reservoirs in this area…
Kathleen
Kathleen
Phoenix Lake is one of the closest hiking trails to my home, and it is beautiful, mostly level walk. Most people can make it around the lake…
Janel
Janel
Gorgeous hike around the Phoenix Lake Reservoir. Biking is also permitted. Family and dog friendly.
5. Stafford Lake Park
5. Stafford Lake Park
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4 local reviews
3549 Novato Blvd, Novato
Closed · Opens 7:00 AM
+1 415-897-0618
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Olga
Stafford Lake Park, which is great for riding bikes, hiking, bird watching and parties.
Keith
Nice lake for walking pets, running or enjoying a picnic.
5. Stafford Lake Park
5. Stafford Lake Park
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4 local reviews
3549 Novato Blvd, Novato
Closed · Opens 7:00 AM
+1 415-897-0618
Olga
Olga
Stafford Lake Park, which is great for riding bikes, hiking, bird watching and parties.
Keith
Keith
Nice lake for walking pets, running or enjoying a picnic.
6. Tennessee Valley Trailhead
6. Tennessee Valley Trailhead
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55 local reviews
591 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley
+1 415-331-1540
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Maria
Walk through beautiful valley, pass lakes and lagoons and end at secluded beach. Easy walk.
6. Tennessee Valley Trailhead
6. Tennessee Valley Trailhead
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55 local reviews
591 Tennessee Valley Rd, Mill Valley
+1 415-331-1540
Maria
Maria
Walk through beautiful valley, pass lakes and lagoons and end at secluded beach. Easy walk.
7. Phoenix Lake 33-003 Dam
7. Phoenix Lake 33-003 Dam
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2 local reviews
Phoenix Lake 33-003 Dam
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Janel
Walk all the way around Phoenix Lake for beautiful views and a refreshing shaded area in summer! It’s a 2.5…
Nancy And Pertti
This lake is another great place to walk or run if you like a cross country single track. The redwood forests…
7. Phoenix Lake 33-003 Dam
7. Phoenix Lake 33-003 Dam
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2 local reviews
Phoenix Lake 33-003 Dam
Janel
Janel
Walk all the way around Phoenix Lake for beautiful views and a refreshing shaded area in summer! It’s a 2.5 hour loop walking from the SFTS…
Nancy And Pertti
Nancy And Pertti
This lake is another great place to walk or run if you like a cross country single track. The redwood forests and lake are part of Marin's…