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Address: 600 Bellevue Ave, Lakeside Park, Oakland, CA 94610
Phone Number: 510 238 3739
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Bird Refuge in the Middle of Lake Merritt

This small island is a wonderful bird sanctuary within the shores of Lake Merritt Oakland. The walk around the lake is worth it whether you're a bird lover or not. The lake has... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This small island is a wonderful bird sanctuary within the shores of Lake Merritt Oakland. The walk around the lake is worth it whether you're a bird lover or not. The lake has many small and large Egrets, and if you're lucky, you'll get to see these elegant, all-white birds in flight.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Situated right next to the playground, have a play & learn day with your little ones. I recently visited with my friend and her daughter and it was a good way to wind her down after the park and teachable moments, that add to the experience and sharing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This area is a part of the Lake Merritt walk. It is interesting in that there are a variety of birds and small animals to see there. It is across the parking area from the Children's Fairyland and the Garden Center. It is part of the ambiance of Lake Merritt. There is a playground for children just around the corner... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This is a great place! I more intersted in animals and birds than restaurants! This place does have birds, butterflies, plants! Hurray for animals!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This waterfowl reserve is terrific. It is constructed so that if you are pushing your children on the swings you look out and directly ahead is an island with foliage. Very friendly place, the lake is gorgeous, extremely beautiful at night.

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