The official website of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Visit Elkhorn Slough

Elkhorn Slough is a meandering waterway located on the Monterey Bay near the town of Moss Landing. Most people visit the area to go birding, hiking, kayaking, shopping, or fishing.

See the Elkhorn Slough Access Map for points of interest in the Elkhorn Slough area.

Check out current conditions before you venture out.

See about upcoming events on our Calendar.

Shorebirds at Elkhorn Slough
Shorebirds at Sunset, Moss Landing State Beach © Paul Zaretsky

Elkhorn Slough Reserve

The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve provides your best opportunity for hiking in the watershed. This family-friendly Reserve has 5 miles of trails, a visitor center with great exhibits, helpful staff, nature store, and guided tours.

Open Wednesday - Sunday, 9:00am - 5pm.

Dogs are not allowed at the Reserve and should not be left in cars while you walk the trails.

Find out more about visiting the Reserve.

Other Recreation Opportunities

We've provided information about hunting, fishing, hiking and more...

Kayak and Boating Access
The Moss Landing Harbor provides all your needs for accessing the bay with your larger craft. For kayaks and small boats there are two ways to access the Slough area: the Harbor boat ramp and the Kirby Park boat ramp. We maintain detailed information about kayaking in the Slough, but you can also contact the kayak shops and tour companies in the area.

Birding Opportunities
Within the watershed there are many birding hotspots to checkout. We have put together some resources for birders to help plan your visit.

A joy and challenge to photograph, the Elkhorn Slough is a great place for photographers of all skill levels. Check out our photo contest winners, enter your favorite slough photo, download wallpapers for your computer or phone, and be inspired to get out there.


Moss Landing

Besides otters, the town of Moss Landing is home to many antique shops, art galleries, and restaurants. It is also the home base of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and MBARI, Monterey Bay Aquarium's research facility. Fisherman have called this harbor their home for centeries and you can charter a boat, take a tour of the Slough, go whale watching or just purchase some of the freshest fish in the area here.


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