Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve, Carpinteria, California
4700 Sandyland Rd., Carpinteria, California 93013| Map |
The Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park is home to many species of plants and animals, some of which are considered endangered. This reserve features large amounts of wetlands, upland habitats, and a sub-tidal channel. It is close to a beautiful beach, kelp beds, and a rocky reef that adds to the view. During certain times of year, you can see migratory birds, and it is a regional nursery for the California halibut. There are also beautiful hiking trails here, an amphitheater for teaching, and public facilities. This is a very good place to see snowy egrets and a number of other very interesting looking waterfowl, and other wildlife native to the area.
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Formal access is obtained by applying to the UCSB Natural Reserve System for access to the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve. Informal access is available through the Sandyland Cove Homes Association, Sandyland Protective Association, and Land Trust for Santa Barbara County. Informal access to eastern portions of the estuary within the City of Carpinteria also occurs from the Ash Avenue area.
Address: 4700 Sandyland Rd., Carpinteria, California 93013| Map
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