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Lake Merritt

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  • Jill B.
    "Watch out for the pooping geese tho!"(4 Tips)
    Adeilei N.
    "Grand Lake Coffee House great spot to work or wifi!"(2 Tips)
    Brian S.
    "wildlife has returned and the smell"(4 Tips)
    Kysa B.
    "Beautiful scenery while killing the calories!"(8 Tips)
90 Tips and reviews
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  • Ryan B.
    Ryan Block1 week ago
    Been here 10+ times
    Great nature scenery and paved running path.
  • Kappie F.
    Grab tacos from the nearby Tacos mi Rancho truck and have a picnic.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BlockJune 17
    Been here 10+ times
    The Pelicans, and other birds and wildlife.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BlockMay 5
    Been here 10+ times
    Just about everything. 3.2 mile loop.
  • Chuck R.
    Chuck RoslofApril 26
    Took me about an hour and a half to walk around the entire lake, going at a fairly leisurely pace.
  • Amanda M.
    A beautiful advantage to living in Oakland.
  • Luis David S.
    It's a nice place to hang out with friends. At night or during the day
  • yiannis v.
    Awesome place to spend a sunny Sunday. Weather in the area can be tricky though. You can see what's happening using this
  • Amelia L.
    Amelia LeongFebruary 25
    If you have a picnic weird guys or homeless people will bother you. If you're alright with that feel free to picnic!
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonFebruary 23
    Great for a run!
  • Byron W.
    Byron WilkesFebruary 11
    Been here 50+ times
    The lake of a thousand smells!
  • Ilissa G.
    Ilissa GilmoreDecember 9, 2015
    Nice place to take a date, do some running or just spend some time. Nice views at sunset
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MowreyOctober 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Too many swans.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussAugust 11, 2015
    Don't call it a come back! Since restoring the tidal flow with the Oakland estuary, wildlife has returned and the smell has mostly gone. A great place to get your steps on.
  • Leah W.
    Leah W.June 27, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    The lake is a perfect 5K (running once around), and the Cleveland cascade is a nice spot to get in your stair work!
  • Keith F.
    Keith FlippinJune 11, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Makes for pretty views and correspondingly higher rents, but I wouldn't want to come into contact with anything that has touched that water, much less lives in it.
  • Habitry C.
    Habitry CoMay 30, 2015
    One lap around the lake is 3.1 miles. There are pull up and dip bars, plus adult-OK playground equipment.
  • Sean M.
    Sean MillerMay 26, 2015
    Nice relaxing place to walk around on a sunny day.
  • Elizabeth T.
    Elizabeth TrejoMay 10, 2015
    Pretty view
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongApril 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful place to walk around, have a bbq, or do whatever you like!
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtDecember 12, 2014
    Scenic runs around the lake
  • Nnenniqua
    NnenniquaSeptember 27, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great place to crush a simple 5k run and get your mileage count of the week. In the fall and winter, bring a headlamp if you plan on running after 6!
  • Alex K.
    Alex KimSeptember 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Feel very lucky to have this lake nearby even though the water can get a bit stinky. Many people use it for running, biking, picnicking, and boating.
  • Hard R.
    Hard RockerSeptember 11, 2014
    Great place to walk around and do some exercising.
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WatkinsAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Best place to run or take a walk in Oakland
  • Roger L.
    Roger LobbezooApril 12, 2014
    Oakland should clean up the lake. What a garbage dump...trash everywhere, dead animals floating in the water!
  • Desiree M.
    Desiree MarieMarch 17, 2014
    Such a great area for a walk or run
  • OurTripVideos
    OurTripVideosMarch 10, 2014
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  • T.J. P.
    T.J. PerezFebruary 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Take a walk around the lake. Great way to see Oakland.
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FlemingJanuary 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Go early evening right when sun goes down great views and great place to walk. Don't believe the hype the boogie won't get you lol
  • Kysa B.
    Kysa ButlerDecember 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Beautiful scenery while killing the calories!
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkDecember 4, 2013
    A nice place for a simple walk with a loved one or a rigorous run alone. This makes for a perfect serene experience or a place to meet the locals.
  • tonaka d.
    tonaka dianeNovember 18, 2013
    @Lake Merritt is the oldest wildlife preserve in the country. It is home to thousands of migrant birds. Its also consider the "Crown Jewel" of Oakland.
  • Laura L.
    Laura LNovember 14, 2013
    Nice place for lunch time walk around the lake. But keep your eyes out of your phone. Your still in Oakland!
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SouJune 29, 2013
    The people walking/jogging around the lake during the daytime are all usually friendly. No need to be weary of running solo before 6pm. :)
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SouJune 29, 2013
    Run along the inside of the lake= ~3.2 miles. Run along the streets around the lake=~2.67miles
  • Timothy P.
    Timothy ParrisApril 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't drive into the lake...
  • Misha M.
    Misha MetrikinApril 10, 2013
    Drink the Lake water to become immortal but be careful. Im being hunted by the Highlander.
  • Damian K.
    Damian KennedyMarch 26, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Walk your dog. Don't be a prick about that shit. WALK YOUR DOG. Don't let them just sit inside.
  • Elizabeth P.
    Elizabeth PriceMarch 4, 2013
    Bike around the lake. Check out the bonsai garden.
  • Patrick R.
    Patrick RamseyFebruary 25, 2013
    Enjoy a walk around the lake, great views and fantastic places to stop along the way
  • Melly B.
    Melly Bachorek-GinOctober 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Always smells like pot so wear a breathing mask to avoid the strong scent of Losers! Also wear headphones to avoid getting hit up for money.
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew ByrneJune 29, 2012
    #pachakutech tip for lake Merritt overlook
  • Susan B.
    Susan BrownMay 22, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    It is actually an estuary so bay and fresh water mixed together fish and ducks live in the lake but as my brother says don't eat the fish or fall in or swim
  • Myriam B.
    Myriam BoletMay 19, 2012
    That's a good run
  • Holly C.
    Holly CoferMay 19, 2012
    Just left another a awesome AirBNB experience!
  • Ron G.
    Ron GgMay 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Crazyies out at night make sure shank up
  • Ron G.
    Ron GgMay 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Watch your step
  • Cherilynn A.
    Cherilynn AbayeMay 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Beautiful day go lay out somewhere
  • Jose I.
    Jose IbarraApril 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Beautiful day for a run.
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