Welcome to our guide to Oakland. The first place we would like to visit is Lake Merritt. The Lake is one of the largest man-made lakes in the U.S. You can rent paddle boats or walk the lake. There is also a bird sanctuary, which is nice if you like birds. I remember as kids we used to run from child-sized geese, but they no longer inhabit the lake. BBQ is limited to Oakland natives. Just kidding! There are places to sit and have a picnic. The lake was renovated in 2018 and it has a cul-de-sac at one end to cut off traffic. You can see the entrance to Fairyland in the picture. The outside path on the lake is about three miles and the inside path is about 1.5 miles.