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Moss Landing State Parks on the Beach - Guide to Moss Landing State Beach

Moss Landing State Beach in Cayucos, California

Moss Landing State Beach in Monterey, California ( in Monterey County)

Among the most popular activities are offshore fishing, surfing, windsurfing and horseback riding. However, the strong rip currents make the water recreation (swimming, wading, etc.) dangerous. Moss Landing State Beach is also popular for picnicking because the dunes block out strong afternoon winds from blowing into the picnic area. Water recreation is dangerous because of strong rip currents.

Bird Watching in Moss Landing State Beach

This area is an important stop along the Pacific Flyway so birdwatching is popular. Moss Landing State Beach has several bird-watching spots, but the type and number of birds can vary by season. Moss Landing Wildlife Area, with access to the east of Highway 1, has ponds that are controlled by tidal gates. They are a major roost for brown pelicans and also beneficial for shorebirds. Sea ducks, loons, grebes and gulls can also be easily spotted. Occasionally, there are special visitors such as Long-tailed Duck and Red-necked Grebe. Endangered species, the California Sea Otter, can be observed in the harbor channel with sometimes dozens in a raft

Moss Landing Wild Life Area is a 728 acres of salt ponds and salt marsh, just north of Monterey. Part of the largest unaltered salt marsh along the California coast. Foot traffic on trails only. It is located adjacent to the North bank of Elkhorn Slough, 1-1/4 miles North of the town of Moss Landing on Hwy 1. All plants and animals are protected. Waterfowl hunting is allowed. No pets allowed. Here is a map of Moss Landing Wild Life Area.

Location of Moss Landing State Beach

The beach is about 16 miles (30 km) north of the city of Monterey via Highway 1 at 36°48'49"N 121°47'26"W. Moss Landing State Beach is located about 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Watsonville. The beach is located on Jetty Road in Moss Landing and 16 miles north of Monterey via Highway 1. Moss Landing State Beach can be contacted at 831-649-2836.

Here is a driving map to Moss Landing State Beach.

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Here is a detailed list of other state beaches of California besides Moss Landing State Beach.

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