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Morro Bay Wildlife Area


The Morro Bay Wildlife Area is an approximately 1,300 acre property. Eel grass, ecologically significant as an important food and cover plant, grows on a major portion of the area. Most other significant aquatic plants of the marine zone are species of algae. Although appearing sterile, tidal mudflats provide habitat for very large numbers of invertebrate species. It is the mudflats that are so attractive to shorebirds and supply much of their food. Fish and predatory birds are also present.

For more information, call the Marine Region Monterey office at (831) 649-2870.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Hunting with Shotguns Waterfowl Hunting boat Ramp

Activities: wildlife viewing and hunting

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PLEASE NOTE: For information on public use regulations for this area and other Department lands please refer to the link opens in new windowCDFW Public Lands Regulations booklet. Scroll to the Table of Contents. Locate the page number for general regulations for public uses on all Department lands. For additional regulations that apply only to certain properties, check the Table of Contents for sections that refer to additional or property-specific regulations for wildlife areas or ecological reserves. All visitors are responsible for knowing and following the general and property-specific regulations.

Area History

Pre-Colombian Amerindian inhabitants relied on fishing for both shellfish and finfish as a major source of sustenance. There is evidence that clams and abalone were bartered, and finfish were procured by seines and spears. In addition, wild fowl were caught in nets woven from tules.

The purpose of the acquisition was to provide protection and enhancement of the wetland ecosystem of submerged and tidelands and provide for increased public use opportunities. The property was designated as a wildlife area by the Fish and Game Commission in 1997.

Last update : 10/31/2018 9:35:08 AM

Wildlife Branch - Lands Program
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-0411

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San Luis Obispo County

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