The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is located near Huntington Beach, CA.
It is about 1,300 acres of wetland and upland habitats right across from the Pacific Ocean. It is the largest saltwater marsh between Monterey Bay and the Tijuana River. The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve plays a critical role in preserving and conserving open space, especially wetlands, because more than 95% of all California coastal wetlands have been destroyed. It also shared marine habitat with a Marine Protected Area. More than 200 bird species have been seen here and it is recognized as a Nationally Significant Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy. It is an important stop on the Pacific Flyway for migrating birds throughout the year. There are 23 listed endangered or threatened species who call Bolsa Chica home all or part of the year.
The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is open every day from sunrise to sunset. There are two main free parking lots: South lot off Pacific Coast Highway, and North lot at the corner of Warner Ave., and Pacific Coast Highway. Bathrooms are in the North Lot. It is owned by the State of California and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).
Dogs, drones, and bikes are not allowed on Reserve trails.
State codes: CCR Title 14§630(h)(5) and CCR Title 14§550 (bb) : The presence of dogs and bikes disturbs wildlife.
Please stay on trail, don’t feed or harass the wildlife, and ‘leave no trace’ by not leaving trash.
Report Violators to CDFW:
Call 1 888 334- CALTIP (1 888-334-2258)
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