updated February 27, 2015
Welcome Lake Merritt in Oakland, California, is one of the most unique urban spaces in the United States. Its 3.4 mile heart-shaped shoreline in the center of a very diverse city is the place for man and nature to migrate, meet and mingle daily. It is also home to the oldest designated wildlife refuge (1870) in the United States.
lakemerritt.org has current information about Lake Merritt and also links together the non-profits, volunteer groups and advocacy agencies working for the common good of the lake and the lake area community.
For information and inquiries about Oakland Parks & Recreation & for Lakeside Park issues visit the City of Oakland's website Oaklandnet.
Lakeside Park permit and rental information at 510-238-3187
62 storm drains and 8 creeks flow into the tidal lagoon known as Lake Merritt, which is subject to the rise & fall of SF Bay tides. Only rain down the storm drains!
Volunteers There are many opportunities for volunteering with groups or independently. Lake Merritt Institute needs lake clean up volunteers Tuesdays at 10:30 and Saturdays at 10 a.m.. LM Weed Warriors need volunteers on the last Saturday of each month. LM Joggers and Striders needs volunteers on race day, the fourth Sunday of each month. Gardens at the Lake and Bonsai Garden have ongoing openings for volunteers. Check LM Links.