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Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

#4 of 17 things to do in Moss Landing Features Animals
Moss Landing, CA
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Nice hiking area near Moss Landing

Actually administered by the Department of Fish & Game, and not the State Parks Service, and so it... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Santa Cruz, California
Fantastic way of seeing sea otters etc in natural habitat

Safari cruise on a stable flat bottomed boat to see sea otters and other wildlife. Really nice... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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A wildlife reserve that offers visitors walking trails and kayak tours through salt marshes and tidal flats.
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  • Average4%
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Actually administered by the Department of Fish & Game, and not the State Parks Service, and so it is better maintained than the State parks in the area. Very helpful Rangers have great knowledge of just about everything. My only criticism is that the trails...More

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Safari cruise on a stable flat bottomed boat to see sea otters and other wildlife. Really nice guide and captain who provided detailed explanations of what we were seeing (sadly slightly difficult to hear from rear of the boat). Saw harbour seals, sea otters (inc...More

Thank Thumbelina2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

According to Marc at Hydrobiking 305 species of animals make this estuary their home. During our 1.5 mile bike adventure we saw at least 15-20 different species of birds, sea otters, crabs, sea lions, and many types of underwater grasses that got tangled in our...More

Thank Luv2hikejulie
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Have kayaked here half a dozen times over the years Otters aplenty and harbor seals - depending on the season, large flocks of migratory water fowl

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

We hiked around and got within 20' of a sea otter. Lots of trails, nice scenery. We plan to go back prepared for a kayak tour. Water in Monterey Bay is chilly so we will bring our wetsuits.

Thank bruceski88
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We love making a point to kayak up the slough when we visit Moss Landing. We are always greeted by gorgeous seals and their pups, even have them splash and play under our kayaks. We sit and watch the pelicans as they land, dive and...More

Thank cheri a
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Most excellent spot to see sea otters in their natural habitat! And also you can walk right over the dunes and see the ocean and watch whales from the beach! It's free!!

Thank Sherry F
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This is a great place to go to understand the Elkhorn Slough and its importance for marine and bird life. If you drive past it on highway one it look like a swamp but it is so much more. The interpretive center will give you...More

Thank Gregg P
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Spent several hours on a kayak rented from Monterey kayaking at Moss Landing. Kayak for few miles through Elkhorn Slough National Reserve and saw many many animals. So many otters, sea lions and birds swimming around. Brought my camera and telephoto lens to get some...More

1  Thank Lucyan
Reviewed 20 April 2017

My wife and I were staying nearby Monterey - we grabbed an early coffee and headed up to the reserve for a morning hike. Though access was a bit complicated due to storm damage on nearby roads, the website offers detailed instruction on how to...More

Thank LightFighter
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12 February 2017|
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Response from 427BeatleBob | 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
22 May 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.
6 March 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!!!!