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Recreation at Elkhorn Slough

The Reserve

The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve has five miles of trails that meander through beautiful oak woodlands, calm tidal creeks and freshwater marshes. There are tours on the weekends and special events throughout the year. The Reserve is dedicated to preservation, so pets, camping, biking, riding, boating, and fishing are not allowed on the grounds. The Reserve is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Beyond the Reserve

With five state beaches, several parks and preserves, and two wildlife areas nearby, the Elkhorn Slough area offers a wide range of fishing spots, equestrian trails, camping facilities and picnic grounds.
See our Access Map and Activity Guide for more information.

Kayaking and Boating

A favorite way to see the slough is in a kayak or other boat. Paddling just above the water level, you can come face to face with a mischievous sea otter swimming on its back, a harbor seal lounging in the mud, or a grebe about to dive for fish. We've put together a kayaking guide to help you plan your excursion.


Snowy PloverLocated on the Pacific Flyway, the Elkhorn Slough and surrounding areas offer world-class birding. Find out more...


The Slough is a great place to photograph. Enter our Best Shot photo contest or just get inspired...

Hunting and Fishing

While not allowed at the Reserve, hunting is allowed in certain parts of the Elkhorn Slough during the waterfowl hunting season. Please educate yourself about all the rules and regulations before attempting to hunt at the Slough.

Fishing is a popular past-time at the Slough, but it would be wise to check out the regulations and prohibited areas before venturing out. Find out more...

Moss Landing

Moss Landing sits at the mouth of Elkhorn Slough. Once a prominent whaling center, Moss Landing is now home to great restaruants, antique shops, galleries and the harbor which provides a home base for research, sightseeing and fishing vessels as they venture into the Slough, Monterey Bay and beyond. For more information please visit the Moss Landing Chamber of Commerce website.


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