Welcome Lake Merritt in Oakland, California is one of the most unique urban spaces in the United States. Its three mile heart-shaped shoreline in the center of an exceptionally diverse city is the place for man and nature to migrate 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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News, Updates, & Upcoming Events:
Upcoming Events Next 30+ days
Also see Calendar for event info and on-going activities
Recent LM Area Events Photo Galleries:
Autumn Lights Festival 2018
Measure DD Community Coalition
Turkey Trot 5K
On-going: Homeless @ Lake Merritt
Holiday Caroling on Lake Merritt, December 1 - 23.
Thursdays & Fridays 4 - 8 p.m. ; Saturday & Sunday 3 - 8 p.m.
Oakland Parks & Recreation offers a water sleigh for a tour of Lake Merritt. Departs from Lake Merritt Boating Center. Info
Fairy Winterland, December 14 - 23, 12 noon to 7. (volunteers needed) Annual holiday festival at Children's Fairyland includes: Performances by renowned Storybook Puppet Theater; Children's Theatre holiday program; A Festival of Lights Parade each day at 6:15 p.m.; Special holiday storytelling, magic, and entertainment; A daily visit from Santa Claus; Holiday-themed arts and crafts; Unlimited rides; And many more special surprises! Info
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, Dec. 26, 9:30 a.m.. Birding list in Birds
Rotary Nature Center. Learn about the status and the efforts to reopen this landmark nature center.
FAQOakland Parks permit and rental phone contact is