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Hey Area: Is Lake Merritt really a lake?

"Sailboats on Lake Merritt" by Flickr user Daniel Ramirez. Used under CC BY 2.0.

Is Lake Merritt actually a lake? The answer is no!

A more accurate name might be LagoonMerritt orSlough Merritt, as it's connected to the salty ocean water of the Bay. In this short-answer segment, reporter Jürgen Klemm dives into the history of Oakland's heart-shaped body of water. 

This question came to KALW through Hey Area, a crowdsourced, collaborative reporting project. Got a question for Hey Area? Ask it below.


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