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Lake Merritt

Lake Merritt is a large tidal lagoon with walking paths and picnic areas in the center of Oakland, CA. Enjoy the views at this scenic park on 140 acres nestled amongst the surrounding urban neighborhood. Go for a jog along the three-mile shoreline or simply lounge and relax with your leashed pup at this dog-friendly public space. Visit Website

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Lake Merritt has received a rating of 2.7 out of 5 bones by 3 canine critics on BringFido and 2.5 out of 5 by 99 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Rachel
    May 16, 2023
    Love Lake Merritt but...

    While taking a break from our ride into the bay area, I take my dogs to Lake Merritt to walk around. We hang out for a little bit before leaving and we're obviously parked next to a tree , not bothering anyone. Here comes people walking straight at us with their pooches. My dogs aren't aggressive but don't want anything to do with another dog in their spot. We're chilling, 3 part max. Next comes the poodle doodle. Off leash , dog mom wants to play fetch literally 15ft away with ear plugs in so she can't hear me protesting until she turns around
    We leave. I loved lake Merritt, it's not an off leash park. Please don't do this

  • Lindsay
    More than a year ago
    Lake Merritt is the best!

    To completely counter the other review - while dogs are not technically allowed next to the lake by Children's Fairyland - Lake Merritt is REMARKABLY dog friendly! Yes they need to be leashed, yes you need to be a conscious dog owner - but we chose Lake Merritt as our home 3 years ago for many reasons, but particularly because it IS so dog friendly. There is nothing better than running with my pup in the early morning around the Lake, or taking a late-night stroll along its edge. My pup loves it, and so will yours!

  • Traceuses
    More than a year ago
    No dogs allowed

    Dogs are only permitted on the surrounding city street sidewalk - but no on any path or inside the park. NO DOGS ALLOWED is generally well posted on all the green spaces and paths.

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