The area around the Slough provides a lot of opportunities for recreation and wildlife viewing. This information is subject to change. Please contact the individual locations for more information.

For a driving map and directions to the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, click here.


The central Monterey Bay area offers visitors and residents a wide variety of natural resources and activities to enjoy. Dunes and broad stretches of open sandy beach characterize the inner curve of Monterey Bay. The expansive beaches are interrupted only by the outlets of the Pajaro and Salinas Rivers, and the entrance to Elkhorn Slough and Moss Landing Harbor. The protected waters of the slough and its associated mudflats, wetlands, and nearby dunes provide a haven for a wide variety of birds, fish and unusual marine life. This remarkable variety of habitats provides visitors a rare opportunity to explore and discover nature’s secrets.