Lake Merritt Wild Duck Refuge

Lakeside Park, Grand Ave., Oakland, California

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Description 

Established March 18, 1870, this is America's first official wildlife refuge. Now in the heart of Oakland's business district, the 160 acre salt water lagoon provides sanctuary for migratory birds under somewhat adverse conditions. Thousands of wild ducks winter here, attracted by the food and shelter available on the lake. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, May 23, 1963

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000205
Area of significance
Conservation
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Site
Historic function
Park
Current function
Park
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant year
1870