Lake Merritt in Oakland, California is one of the most unique urban spaces in the United States. Its three mile shoreline in the center of an exceptionally diverse city is a special place where nature and nurture migrates and mingles daily. This tidal lagoon is home to the United States' oldest designated wildlife refuge dating from 1870.
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 promotes stewardship of the lake and serves as the portal for the LM Advocates, a coalition of LM organizations.
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Download the app OAK 311 to report littering, down trees/branches, unsafe conditions, park rule violations...
Upcoming Events Next 30+ days
Gardens at Lake Merritt are open M-F 7:30 - 3:00
Gardens closed on weekends due to budget cuts until further notice...
March 6, Gardens at LM Volunteers, 9 - 12
Do not crowd the lake area -- wear masks if not 6' social distancing. Weekend Parking Restrictions
Litter problem at the lake. Pack it In / Pack it Out
NEW. Lake Merritt Breakfast Club: Overview of history, traditions and projects. Interview with Rob Stewart, Executive Director.
Gardens & Guardians at Lake Merritt, Part One
Overview of Gardens, the GLM Gate project, and Bonsai Garden. See Garden Page