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Lake Merritt

Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
+1 510-238-7275
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Lake Merritt: a haven of beauty and serenity right in the middle of Oakland

I was so happy to find this lake right in the middle of the city. It is simply beautiful. The trail... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
New York City, New York
Lake [de]Merritt

Had 3 hours lunch on jury duty day to kill so I went for a walk around the lake. That took me 1... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hayward, California
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Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“mile walk” (23 reviews)
“paddle boats” (9 reviews)
Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
+1 510-238-7275
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was so happy to find this lake right in the middle of the city. It is simply beautiful. The trail around the lake is about 3.2 miles and very good. The birds' diversity is good. I stumbled upon a canoe/rowing race, and enjoyed watching...More

Thank deboraflowers
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had 3 hours lunch on jury duty day to kill so I went for a walk around the lake. That took me 1 hour walking a leisure stroll. Most parts were paved though I did see a couple short-cuts that were well worn in. Seems...More

Thank j3mmr71
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So if your a local lake Merritt is a staple in your weekly plans, whether it's to work out , sit out on the grass, eat at Le Chelet . If your not please note this is the best place to work out! When in...More

Thank Martinique L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

During daylight savings, when the weather is warm and twilight lingers, I love strolling around Lake Merritt with my spouse. Over the years I have taken hundreds of photos of the lake...just last week, a pastel full moon rising. Feeding pelicans ( the lake is...More

Thank lrbruce
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was nice to have this space in the city. Lots of different birds. Unfortunately a sweet smell of urine quite frequently but i guess thst is kust part of the gritty city.

Thank Carolyn P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the park recently for an event at the Sail Boat House. The day was warm and clear. The beauty of the lake and the surrounding area is always fun and relaxing.

Thank Robert E C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for exercise or just a beautiful walk, Lake Merritt is the place. Oakland has done a great job making Lake Merritt beautiful with landscaping and a great, smooth path. The Lake path is a 3 miles long and a favorite with...More

Thank DAS123123
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

(This is what a friend exclaimed as we drove up to the area around Lake Merritt.) An urban oasis, lots of space for picnics, walking areas, paddle boats, kayaks, ducks, drummers, lots of families and friends enjoying the open space on a sunny weekend. A...More

Thank jennygirl57
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The setting in a very dense, urban setting made this unique and pleasant. A few people sailing toy watercraft and others picnicking suggest a relaxing environment.

Thank truetray
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice lake and park in the middle of the city! Great views of the city. Bustling with people having all kinds of fun. About 3 miles walk around the lake. Very flat all around.

Thank Omprakash M
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1 April 2016|
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Response from Heather H | Reviewed this property |
No, unfortunately there isn't any parking lots dedicated to Lake Merritt. However, there is street parking if you get there early enough. {Paid parking on Saturdays and free on Sundays and holidays} Additionally, there are... More
15 August 2015|
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Response from margaretpat | Reviewed this property |
Nor sure, maybe 10 to 20 minutes on the freeway on a good day
15 August 2015|
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Response from Don04221958 | Reviewed this property |
If you fall in by accident, go directly to a shower with serious soap. The water is in no way clean or safe.