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Lake Merritt Wild Duck Refuge

Oakland, California
County of Alameda.
552 Bellevue
National Register Number: 66000205
Resource type: Site.
Certified Local Government: YES
This NHL offers public access.
Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: City park and refuge.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 23, 1963):
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.

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