An important habitat for migratory birds, Lake Merritt was declared a National Wildlife Refuge in 1869, making it the first such refuge in NortAmerica. The park spans 155 acres and the lake is 3.4 miles. One of the best spots for bird watching is nearby the five bird islands on the lake.
Address568 Bellevue Avenue
Office of Parks and Recreation, (510) 238-7276 or (510) 238-7275