updated Sept. 21, 2014
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.
ABOUT THIS SITE: This is an independent, non-profit site, (with minimal advertising). It is structured to link together all the non-profits and volunteer groups working for the common good of the lake and the lake area community. (For information about Oakland Public Works and Oakland Parks & Recreation visit the City of Oakland's website Oaklandnet.)
NOTE: lakemerritt.org uses buttons or blue highlighted words to link on-site pages or outside websites.
Sixty-two storm drains and 8 creeks flow into the tidal lagoon known as Lake Merritt, which is also subject to the rise & fall of SF Bay tides. Only rain down the storm drains!
City of Oakland re-posts Park Rules, see News&Updates
To post a community event send request using contact page
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.