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Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

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We have done this trip more than once. My Husband is a Photographer. They will accommodate the... read more

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Debbie S
Foresthill, California
Great scenics, lots of birds and a new addition...a burrowing owl

Two days ago, I was hiking at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve, near Moss Landing... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Redlands, California
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A wildlife reserve that offers visitors walking trails and kayak tours through salt marshes and tidal flats.
Moss Landing, CA
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Reviewed yesterday

We have done this trip more than once. My Husband is a Photographer. They will accommodate the equipment with Notice.

Thank Debbie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two days ago, I was hiking at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve, near Moss Landing, California. It's a nice place to visit to get away from the hustle and bustle. There are several trails that you can take. Note, the trails are fun going...More

Thank mrpaulprado
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We missed out on booking places on the boat trip so decided instead to visit the Nature Reserve and go on one of the guided walks. So glad we did! Stanley, our volunteer guide was a treasure trove of information and identified all the birds...More

1  Thank angiewarburton
Reviewed October 13, 2018

The slough is teaming with life! It's so amazing that this is nearby. I wish they'd get the road opened back up because it makes it hard to take your kayaks down to the water, but it's worth the work. You can see so many...More

Thank Carol F
Reviewed September 2, 2018

My wife and I were in the Moss Landing area, and decided to take a side trip to Elkhorn Slough. It was a weekend day and so we anticipated that there would be a crowd. That was not the case. Although there is signage indicating...More

1  Thank Andreas G
Reviewed August 22, 2018

Seeing the Slough itself involves some sort of boat which are easy to rent for a minimal amount of money. Paddling up the bay gives visitors an opportunity to get close to sea otters and many times of birds. Most people simply speed along the...More

Thank paul d
Reviewed August 20, 2018

This is a great place to picnic and check out Sea Otters. Also seems like a great place to drop in a kayak and putter about.

Thank Rafterian
Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful place to kayak! Sea otters, seals, seabirds and pelicans are flocking around within arm reach. Obey the marine rules to avoid harming wild life!

Thank hathanhh2018
Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

Great place to visit. Friendly staff and pretty area. Didn't see a whole lot of wildlife other than birds. Do NOT use Google maps to get you there, it will take you to the wrong place. The preserve is off Highway 1 and Dolan, and...More

Thank amaust43
Reviewed July 6, 2018

Loved this trip. Really wanted to see sea otters in the wild and we were lucky to see lots of them, together with seals and birds. The people who run this are very friendly and informative, giving lots of information on the area and the...More

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February 11, 2017|
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Response from Robert H | Reviewed this property |
Right next to the pottery place is the Kayak connection where you can rent a kayak. It has been many years since I rented a kayak but I did not get wet. If you are to wear a wetsuit, you are more than likely to overheat. As... More
May 21, 2016|
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Response from TurkeyVisit | Reviewed this property |
The best spot is just off the highway by Moss Landing. The Slough is more suited for walking on a boardwalk and looking for small marsh birds.There will be sea otters, seals and numerous shorebirds around Moss Landing.
March 5, 2015|
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Response from Yosemitesteve | Reviewed this property |
Monterey is south and Santa Cruz is north of Elkhorn Slough with plenty of lodging choices.Have fun!!!!