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Lake Merritt

1520 Lakeside Dr, Oakland, California 94610 USA

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  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
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“a large tidal lagoon”

Lake Merritt is a large tidal lagoon that lies just east of downtown Oakland, California. It is surrounded by parkland and city neighborhoods. A popular 3.1 mile (5 km) walking and jogging path runs along its perimeter. It is historically significant as the United States' first official wildlife refuge, designated in 1870.

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Reviewed by
Bethany

  • 6 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
December 27, 2014
Rated 5.0

The lake was recently converted back to being a tidal estuary, and the wildlife is even better than before, an odd oasis in the middle of a gritty city.

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cho.shrader

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  • 0 Helpful
May 24, 2017
Rated 5.0

Gorgeous views and very popular amongst locals

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Adam

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  • 0 Helpful
April 18, 2016
Rated 3.0

Enjoyed an evening stroll here. Most of it is paved, a small section of it is broken down to gravel almost. Would be a nice bike ride for a family with kids, especially with numerous child oriented establishments along the waterfront. Raccoons rats and homeless present at night, they're generally friendly if left alone.

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Lake Merritt

1520 Lakeside Dr
Oakland, California
94610 USA

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  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Street Parking
  • Private Parking
  • Yes Parking
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