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Lake Merritt

Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
+1 510-238-7275
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Lovely Walk

A walk around Lake Merritt is worth every minute. The lake offers up many interesting waterfowl... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Vernon, BC, Canada
A Lovely Urban Lake

This is a lovely little lake smack dab in the middle of Oakland. There is so much to do here. You... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
San Francisco, California
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Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bird sanctuary” (50 reviews)
“boat house” (20 reviews)
“mile walk” (24 reviews)
Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
+1 510-238-7275
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A walk around Lake Merritt is worth every minute. The lake offers up many interesting waterfowl including pelicans. At night the lights surrounding the lake are beautiful. There are areas to sit and enjoy the scenery or have a snack.

Thank Youdacat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely little lake smack dab in the middle of Oakland. There is so much to do here. You can take kayak classes or rowing. It is nice to jog or walk around. There are even gondola rides. You can reward yourself at...More

1  Thank Infodiva415
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful peaceful location in Oakland! It only makes you wonder how lucky people are that have a view from their townhomes/condos. You have people walking their dogs, having picnics or simply enjoying their day at or by the lake. We had a great time with...More

1  Thank Victor B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to walk, see the locals engaged in song, drum circles , gymnastics and enjoying the fresh air. A favorite short outing with the whole family.

1  Thank Bathea J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lake Merritt has a beautiful garden (Lake Merritt Gardens) and a kids park called Fairyland. On the surface it all looks nice. There is lots of wildlife (geese). There is a boathouse and I see people rowing on the lake (is it called scull) ......More

Thank 52leannb
Reviewed 26 October 2017

We very much enjoyed the lakeside, the drum circle and the families picnicking around the lake. Water birds seemed healthy and the water was relatively clear. Park is well used and surrounded by shops and restaurants. A nice place to spend an afternoon.

1  Thank Rich M
Reviewed 17 October 2017

nice little area to walk around the lake and take pictures of the city . its close to everything like the museum and stores and restaurants

2  Thank Mikey201
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Lake Merritt is a lovely spot to visit for those visitors in search of a green oasis in the middle of busy Oakland, CA. Public parking can be difficult, but with patience one can find a spot at the lakeside or within one or two...More

3  Thank M8212OWheathers
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Oakland is knw for its stunning yet romantic sun sets and this particular evening was no exception. It was great as the clear sky's enabled is to see as,far as the golden gate bridge! Its a must see on any hot August summer night!

2  Thank praisesgoup
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Great walking trail. Also good for biking, skating, running. A little crowded on weekends. Not a lot of space for picnics.

2  Thank loisg7
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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 eschilling46 | Reviewed this property |
Lake Merritt is not a swimming lake. It is a brackish lake, mostly salt water with a little fresh water coming in from some seasonal streams. I have never seen a swimmer in the lake. On the other hand it is great for... More

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