Lake Merritt

Lake Merritt is a large tidal lagoon in the center of Oakland, California, just east of Downtown. It is named after Samuel Merritt, Oakland's mayor, who built a dam turning the tidal lagoon into a salt water lake. It is surrounded by parkland and city neighborhoods. It is historically significant as the United States' first official wildlife refuge, designated in 1870, and ha…
Lake Merritt is a large tidal lagoon in the center of Oakland, California, just east of Downtown. It is named after Samuel Merritt, Oakland's mayor, who built a dam turning the tidal lagoon into a salt water lake. It is surrounded by parkland and city neighborhoods. It is historically significant as the United States' first official wildlife refuge, designated in 1870, and has been listed as a National Historic Landmark since 1963, and on the National Register of Historic Places since 1966.
  • Location: East of downtown Oakland
  • Built: 1870
  • Lake type: Recreation, lagoon, wildlife refuge
  • Basin countries: United States
  • Surface area: 140 acres (0.57 km²)
  • Max. depth: 10 feet (3.0 m)
  • Shore length: 3.4 miles (5.5 km)
Data from: en.wikipedia.org