Lake Merritt section
Lower Lake Merritt Channel

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About this Spot

Lake Merritt Channel from the 880 overpass to 10th Street, including the areas around the tennis courts.

Trash Note

Trash is a mix of litter and campsite detritus. There is still large amounts of trash still under 880 underpass. Wind-blown litter from the Laney College parking lots, collects on the fence. Human waste is a persistent issue in the wildlife area fronting Laney College.


Avoid cleaning active campsites unless you talk to the residents and get guidance from residents about what can be taken away. Potentially needles around homeless campsites.

Hazards & Safety

Watch for both cars and bikes, especially along the bikes paths. Medians are hazardous when there’s traffic, partly from cars striking pedestrians, but also by causing cars to veer out of the way. Always face traffic when cleaning along a roadway. Always wear a neon vest when working along a roadway. Most campsites welcome respectful cleanup work, but some campsite residents can be hostile. You should work in pairs or small groups around campsites, and please read and absorb our guidelines for working around campsites.

Getting There & Parking

Map location is the Laney College Parking Lot, a good spot to stage a group from.

Trash Disposal

Put bagged trash next to cans. Securely tie bags, with zip ties if available. Wildlife will go after fresh (but rarely old) litter, but tied bags minimizes the issue, and turns a large problem into a small one. For larger amounts (e.g. abandoned campsites) stage trash: at least 50’ from active campsites safely out of the right-of-way where it can be easily and safely loaded into a truck. There is no need to report bagged trash next to cans, but larger amounts should be reported via the Oak311 App or Website Needles should be collected in a plastic bottle with a secure lid and taken to a needle disposal site.

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