Lake Merritt
Lake Merritt
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Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.
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Vetipie
Oakland, CA47 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This is not a tourist attraction, it's a very urban human made lake. But if you want a nice 3.5 mile walk in an urban area, stick on your shoes, and walk the entire lake. It's prone to trash. But hey there are nice birds that hang around. Has some grass areas for picnics and on weekends theres a good drum circle at the Pillars on weekends. When you live nearby, its nice to see the lake, and I do appreciate it, but not as a tourist attraction.
Written 5 March 2020
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urbanguy
Richmond, VA4,990 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
On a July Friday morning, we did a walk around Lake Merritt. We didn't walk all of its 3 miles of shoreline, but we did most of it.

What a great resource to have this beautiful lake (tidal lagoon) in the heart of Oakland. Although it was a weekday, there were lots of joggers/runners. There were some nice birds to be seen: a snowy egret, white pelicans, and a Black-crowned night heron, among others. We really enjoyed the gnarly twisted trunks of the New Zealand Tea Trees.
Written 4 August 2021
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Scott
San Francisco, CA6,551 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
Lake Merritt is a fantastic centerpiece for the city of Oakland. It's a nice place for locals and tourists alike. There's no better place in Oakland for a long walk or jog. You'll always find some kind of interesting activity going on around the lake. The last time I was there there was a skating rink set up. There are of course a few vagrants, but just ignore them.
Written 28 August 2021
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PiranhaPete
London, UK57 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Whilst the lake is a nice place to visit and the restaurant we dined at was superb, returning to our car that was parked (legally) on the busy street to find it vandalised ruined the whole visit. After speaking to others this is a common occurrence. Will not return.
Written 22 September 2023
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Hiking444
New York City, NY187 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
A walk around all or part of Lake Merritt is a wonderful way to see parts of Oakland and get some great walking exercise. I've done it many, many times. I would not do it at night but anytime during light hours is highly recommended.
Written 29 January 2023
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Helen A
Sacramento, CA113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
We walked from the 19th Street BART station to Lake Merritt. There were quite a few joggers, with masks, and others on their lunch hours, eating on the benches. The atmosphere was lovely, with lots of ducks & pelican groups to watch!
Written 5 October 2020
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Tracy F
Oakland, CA11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020 • Solo
I was asked to review Lake Merritt. I actually like the changes the city made to the Lake. I would welcome more changes like cleaner restrooms and of course continued maintenance. I think it’s a great place to run especially if you run by the water in the morning before the crowds. For some reason people don’t realize a leash a runner don’t mix so when you see a runner pull your leash in just sayin. A few other things need updating like the fairy land portion but I
would just use it to run relax a bit and then leave. I give it 2 stars because of location you have the opportunity to find relaxation so close to downtown and work. Enjoy your run.
Written 23 April 2020
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CentralCATraveler
Coalinga, CA955 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Took a walk around part of the lake. Many scenic spots for photo ops and benches or grass to sit on. Saw some ducks and good for people watching. Walk to downtown, Jack London Square and Chinatown. Scooters available to rent and it looked like there was some paddle boarding.
Written 26 February 2020
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Mcloven88
San Francisco, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012
I LOVE LAKE MERRITT!!! I am one of the millions of people who live here and love it. After moving from the east coast, I heard all these bad stories about Oakland, so I decided to reside in Daly City. For some reason, I was always invited to events in Oakland. After constant trips to Lake Merritt area,I realized that this place has EVERYTHING: fairyland for kids, boathouse at the lake, walking and bike riding paths, restaurants galore, art venues, cultural dance parties, art murmur....I can go on and on...Come check it out and make your own assessment.
Written 26 August 2012
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celebrityguest
Oakland, CA117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
This is Review Number (MAESTRO or MAESTRA a few notes on the piano if you please) eighty hundred seventy one of beautiful Lake Merritt!

Variety activities! Can walk laps or run laps, some do! In summer time there activities such picnics, birthday parties, some fund raising walks part of the course is here Lake Merritt! Have seen people fishing! Lots ducks, Canada geese, coots (black color birds) around Lake Merritt! Supposedly skunks, fortunately skunks nocturnal so have not (thank goodness for the people) seen any yet but have heard there are skunks around Lake Merritt! There the Chateau Restaurant! As say summer activities! Ah yes, OWL the Oakland Women League, they a rowing team, they have the rowing here at Lake Merritt!

Yes come to Lake Merritt! Three block walk four block at most walk from Oakland China Town!
Written 17 June 2019
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