The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve was established in 1969 to protect hundreds of marine plant and animal species. Since becoming a protected area, scientists have been able to study this rich and complex habitat, and they have discovered 25 new marine invertebrate and plant species.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
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  • The best tidepooling in the San Francisco Bay Area happens at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, especially during the extreme minus tides of winter. The reserve sits on one of California's largest intertidal reefs, which runs from Point Montara to Pillar Point. As much as 30 acres of tidepools can be explored during the lowest tides here, with more than 200 species of marine animals present.
  • During low tides you can easily combine an exploration of the tide pools with a loop walk on the cliffs above, and a visit to the white sands of Seal Cove. The blufftop trail wanders through a hauntingly beautiful cypress forest that overlooks the ocean below.
  • Every rock, plant, shell, and marine animal in this reserve is protected by law. Visitors may look at and gently touch the tidepool creatures, but they may not pick them up and move them.

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Half Moon Bay, California

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Telephone Number: 650-917-8806
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