Elkhorn Slough Marine Reserve
Imagine a place where you can see a variety of migrating birds, leopard sharks, harbor seals and the largest population of sea otters along the west coast, all in one afternoon. This is the reality at Elkhorn Slough Reserve. Because of the amount of diversity in this 1,700-acre slough, it was declaired a Marine Reserve in 2007, the highest level of protection for a Marine Protected Area.
|Photo by Ted Belleza|
|Photo by Miwa|
It wasn't until 1979, when the Department of Fish and Wildlife purchased the land, that the restoration of this important estuary began. The dikes were removed and the estuary was filled with brackish water (a mix of ocean and fresh water).
This unique habitat attracts visitors from all over the world. Especially bird watchers who come to see the extreme range of over 340 species who migrate through this area and some that live there year-round including the endangered Snowy Plover.
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Are you interested in visiting this mystical place? You can rent a Kayak from our friends at Kayak Connection, trust us, you will not be disappointed!