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Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Moss Landing, CA
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 5 weeks ago 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 25 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

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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
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Just as others have posted, the area to view is Jetty Rd; across the bridge. We were surprised and delighted at how easy this place is to access. It's not a well-kept secret, as there were several other people there to do the same thing.

Thank Gail L
Reviewed 18 April 2017

If you are like me - stressed out with work in Silicon Valley - here is a place on the California coast to calm your nerves. Hang out with birds and otters, seals and other marine life

Thank sxghosh
Reviewed 17 April 2017

One of my favorite easy kayak paddles. There are a couple of places to be careful -- around boats right at the launch, and going under the bridge -- but generally pretty easy even for beginners. The sea otters are very friendly -- will sometimes...More

Thank Michael C
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My husband and I will be visiting Monterey in April. We love seeing wildlife (especially sea otters) and enjoy kayaking. Is there any place in particular that you would recommend where we would rent kayaks? Do they supply wet suits, or should we just expect to get wet?
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
Where can you see more wildlife, near the visitor center or by the jetty near the beach?
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.
Is there a lodging place close to Elkhorn Slough?
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!!!!