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Upper Newport Bay

San Diego Metro Area, California

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  • Upper Newport Bay saltwater marsh.- Upper Newport Bay
  • Upper Newport Bay saltwater marsh.- Upper Newport Bay
  • Mountains to Sea Trailhead.- Upper Newport Bay
  • Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve on the south side of the bay.- Upper Newport Bay
  • Unidentified wildflower (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Upper Newport Bay
  • A bench overlooks the marsh.- Upper Newport Bay
  • Upper Newport Bay saltwater marsh.- Upper Newport Bay
  • Multi-use path for bicycling, skateboarding, driving, jogging, and horseback riding.- Upper Newport Bay
  • Upper Newport Bay saltwater marsh.- Upper Newport Bay
  • Upper Newport Bay saltwater marsh.- Upper Newport Bay
  • Information kiosk helps identify the wildlife.- Upper Newport Bay
  • Upper Newport Bay saltwater marsh.- Upper Newport Bay
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy access. Quiet. Important ecological preserve.
Cons: 
Surrounded by housing. Can be crowded.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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While Newport Harbor is known for multi-million dollar homes, Upper Newport Bay is an important home to birds. Over 30,000 birds can be found here on a typical winter day. The summer isn’t bereft of birds, either, as many birds migrate from the south to nest here, including some endangered species.

The 135-acre Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve surrounds an estuary that extends for approximately 1000 acres. Multi-use paved paths dotted with benches and interpretive panels run the perimeter of the wetlands. While the park entrance at the Nature Preserve has the most amenities, the estuary can also be accessed from various roads around the marsh. The Nature Preserve manages a network of trails on the bluffs surrounding the bay.

Getting out on the water is one of the best ways to experience Upper Newport Bay. Newport Bay Conservancy offers naturalist-guided kayak tours in partnership with the Newport Aquatic Center, which also offers non-guided hourly rentals of stand-up paddleboards or kayaks.

The Mountain to Sea Trail, which travels 22 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, starts here.

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(2 within a 30 mile radius)

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(30 within a 30 mile radius)

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