Lake Merritt Sailboat House is adjacent to the nation’s largest salt water tidal lake, Lake Merritt, it is also the home to Oakland’s oldest wild life preserve. Built in 1954, this unique landmark houses the Lake Merritt Boating Center, Lake Merritt Institute and various Rowing Clubs. Conveniently located in the center of Downtown Oakland and situated in Lakeside Park, it is easily accessible to highway and public transportation with plenty of off-street parking and its own parking lot.
By day, guests are captivated by the rippling affects of the sunlight dancing off the water surface and by night, enchanted by a “Necklace of Lights, featuring 126 lampposts and more than 4,000 light bulbs, encircles 3.4 miles of the shoreline. Expect to experience grassy knolls, picnic sites, walking paths, a fabulous view of the Pergola and Colonnade at the end of the eastern arm of Lake Merritt. Boating, sailing and gondola rides are also part of the uniqueness of this “Jewel of Oakland.”
This setting combining history, aquatic scenery and incredible lights is unmatched in the Bay Area for many of life’s most memorable occasions, with an abundance of photographic opportunities.
An adjacent parking lot charges a daily entrance fee into Lakeside Park, Monday, through Sunday. Reservations are booked on a first come first serve basis.
To view the facility, contact a Representative directly to make an appointment.
The Lake Merritt Sailboat House is stair-cased aloft Lake Merritt with an elevated entrance providing handicap accessibility, escorting guests to a striking banquet room with adjustable track lighting, a full service kitchen, side terrace and vast deck and floor to ceiling glass windows illuminating the room with natural light. The Lake Merritt Sailboat House is wheelchair accessible. For wheelchair access, you may enter the facility through the elevator which is located to the side of the stairway entrance.
Create the perfect ambiance and surround guests with spectacular views of Lake Merritt. Capture the unique spirit of Oakland in this private setting by hosting various events including wedding ceremonies, receptions, corporate and private events and celebrations of all kinds..