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 an exceptionally diverse city is the place for man and nature to migrate, meet and mingle daily. This tidal lagoon is also home to the oldest designated wildlife refuge (1870) in the United States.
lakemerritt.org is an independent, ad-free site with current information about Lake Merritt and links to the volunteer groups and advocacy agencies working for the common good of the lake and the lake area community. It also serves as the portal for the LM Advocates, a coalition of LM organizations.
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Park Rules & Fees. Oakland Parks permit and rental phone contact is 510-238-3187. Inquiries about Lakeside Park issues visit/contact the City of Oakland's website www2.Oaklandnet.com
News, Updates, & Upcoming Events:
Upcoming Events Next 30 days
see Calendar for on-going events
Lakeside Green Street Project-Construction update
Recent Events Photo Galleries:
A Look Inside the Camron-Stanford House / Museum April 18;
Anti War Protest April 15 ; Walk MS Oakland 2018 April 14
Port of Oakland Day @ Children's Fairyland April 13
24th Annual Oakland Earth Day, Saturday, April 21, 2018. Projects planned for the event include litter removal, habitat restoration, urban greening, and beautification. There are 7 Earth Day Volunteer activities at Lake Merritt. Check Volunteer Calendar for April 21st info.
Rotary Nature Center. Learn about the status and the efforts to reopen this landmark nature center. updates.
Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders, the oldest running club of the East Bay, founded in 1977, sponsors a Sunday race each month at 9:00 a.m. April 22. Runners and volunteers welcomed. Meet near the Sailboat House in Lakeside Park. Info at LMJS.
Bird Walk Free Lakeside Park bird walks the fourth Wednesday of each month. Lead by knowledgable and experienced Audubon guides. Meet at geodesic dome near the Nature Center, April 25, 9:30 a.m.. Birding list in Birds
BioBlitz at Lake Merritt, Saturday April 28, starting at Oakland Museum, 10 a.m.. During this event come learn about the thousands of organisms that call this place home and help document them as part of the California Academy of Sciences’ City Nature Challenge. Local naturalists will be on hand to help you find and identify organisms. Bring your smart phone pre-loaded with the iNaturalist app, food for lunch, and any tools that you think will help you find organisms. There will be stations around the lake focusing on different habitats and some guided walks. Info
Turn The Page, Children's Book Festival at Fairyland.
Saturday May 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join Fairyland for 3rd Annual celebration of locally made children's books and their creators! Enjoy read-alouds by authors and live art demonstrations by illustrators; Meet more than 25 authors and illustrators and ask them about their craft; Buy books from Oakland's own Laurel Bookstore and have them signed; Celebrate young authors and their work at our Kid Author table; Make a book or button with librarians from Oakland Public Library. Free with park admission! This is a family event: no child without an adult, no adult without a child.
23rd Annual Satsuki Azalea Bonsai Show: Featuring Bonsai Satsuki Azaleas in full bloom! Sponsored by Bay Area Satsuki Aikokai (BASA). Lakeside Park Garden Center, May 19, 10 - 5; May 20, 10 - 4. Tree sales and imported Japanese material. Demo by Johnny Uchida, 1 - 3, May 19. Demo tree to be raffled. Beginning bonsai workshop May 20, 1 - 3; limited space available, $20 fee and sign-up required. Participating vendors – North American Satsuki Bonsai Center – Rick Garcia and Shojuen – Darren and Laura Wong. Free admission. Info