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Lake Merritt

Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94612
+1 510-238-7275
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Great walk

Really beautiful and clean walking path. We found free parking easily, making this s very budget... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
via mobile
The Largest Salt Water Lake in America

People shoot down Oakland, but did you know she had the first bird sanctuary in America? Did you... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Oakland, California
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Saltwater lake in the middle of the city.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good34%
  • 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 via mobile

Really beautiful and clean walking path. We found free parking easily, making this s very budget friendly way to explore Oakland. Perfect for burning off some of those lunch or dinner calories from nearby restaurants! Definitely recommend!

Thank aparad2
Reviewed 4 days ago

People shoot down Oakland, but did you know she had the first bird sanctuary in America? Did you know our lake is the largest salt water lake in all of America? You can rent boats, take sailing lessons (check out the summer sailing classes for...More

Thank jo9bloe
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked off a few off the dinner calories by touring the gardens at lake Merritt. Easy to find, free parking a little difficult or very easy paid parking along the lake front. The garden encompasses several styles, including the fabulous Bonsai garden, the Japanese...More

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 1 week ago

The walk around Lake Merritt is very level, a rise/fall of < 3 metres around. It takes about 1 hour if you just walk non stop, but if you take time to look at the different architecture plus reflect on the views and activities in/on...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great on a cold, hot, wet or dry day! Lovely views and about 3-4 miles around in total. I recommend heading counter clockwise.

1  Thank S4B1B4
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re in Oakland for a nice walk or run this is the place, some trail is under construction end of December. Trail all around the lake over 3 miles.

1  Thank Duane G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walk around Lake Merritt for a stroll or a jog to get away from the hectic city life. Birds and ducks abound. It's in downtown Oakland and a nice escape for a nature walk or a little excercise.

1  Thank Barbara R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A little time at lake Merritt goes a long walk. On any day you can go for a walk or run and enjoy it. I love to take a blanket, some snacks and a book pick a spot and just hang out. Also great for...More

2  Thank Mikab0nita
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lake Merritt is a bright spot in the urban sprawl of Oakland, a welcome swath of green in a concrete landscape. There are always lots of little children laughing in the playground, chasing the geese, checking out the small naturalist museum. The neighborhoods that surround...More

3  Thank boudin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lighted 3.1 mile path around the lake. The path is mostly paved but not always smooth and a few parts are unpaved. Lots of others out there but it's Oakland so be careful. There are also two boat houses for rowing and it appeared other...More

2  Thank Traveler271828284
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2 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