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Lake Merritt California is a tidal lagoon located near downtown Oakland, California. The tidal estuary is one of the key landmarks of Oakland and a popular destination for natives and visitors. It was designated as the United States? first official wildlife refuge in 1870, although today much of the wildlife refuge and natural wetlands no longer exists. However, it is still surrounded by parks and hosts a number of waterfowl and bird populations year round. The Lake Merritt area of Oakland is surrounded by parks and residential neighborhoods. The 3.5 miles of paths around the lake are popular for joggers and walkers in the Oakland area. Kayaking, tennis, and golf are other recreational activities available at Lake Merritt.Several neighborhoods encircle Lake Merritt and they may all sometimes be considered as the Lake Merritt district. Adams Point, East Lake, Grand Lake, Cleveland Heights, and the Lakeside Apartment District are thriving and diverse neighborhoods that surround the lake. Within these neighborhoods are several historic districts, landmarks, and various points of interest. Retail establishments, restaurants, hotels, and other businesses can be found in these neighborhoods near Lake Merritt. The Lake Merritt transit station provides access to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. When visiting Oakland, California you should be sure to visit Lake Merritt and the Lake Merritt district. This area provides the quintessential experience of Oakland neighborhoods and landmarks.

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