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Motors Allowed?
Yes
Difficulty
Easy / Class A
Distance
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
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The Morro Bay State Estuary Preserve is an 800-acre natural area that protects a rare and valuable ecosystem on the central California Coast. Part of Morro Bay State Park, the preserve carries the highest level of protection for the plants and animals within its boundaries. The preserve and the whole of Morro Bay offer an outstanding area for exploration with kayaks, SUPs or other craft. The marina located across the road from the Morro Bay State Park Campground is an excellent place to launch a boat to explore the bay.  There is a company that rents boats and boards at the marina as well.

From the marina it is about 3 miles to the end of Morro Bay near the town of Los Osos and the Morro Coast Audubon Society Sweet Springs Nature Preserve. Along the way, depending on the tides, there are many channels to the east that lead up Chorro and Los Osos Creeks that are worthy of exploration. Bird life is abundant and harbor seals are commonly seen. On the west side of the bay is the sand spit (part of Montana de Oro State Park), which is an interesting place to land and explore, though much of the spit itself is off-limits due to nesting plovers. There is so much to explore in the bay that several hours should be set aside to do this paddle justice. Just be aware that winds generally come up in the afternoon, so an early launch is recommended.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Beautiful paddle. Generally calm waters. Lots to explore.

Cons

Can get windy in the afternoon.

Address

State Park Rd
10
Morro Bay, CA 93442
United States

Features

Campgrounds + Campsites
Fishing
Bird watching
Wildlife
Wildlife

Site characteristics: Water

Sound/Strait

Portage required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Santa Maria Valley + Santa Lucia/La Panza Mountains, California
Santa Maria Valley + Santa Lucia/La Panza Mountains, California
Santa Maria Valley + Santa Lucia/La Panza Mountains, California

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Santa Maria Valley + Santa Lucia/La Panza Mountains, California
Santa Maria Valley + Santa Lucia/La Panza Mountains, California

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