Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Sea Lion Cove State Marine Conservation Area

The Point Arena Lighthouse is a popular landmark to visit along California’s picturesque Mendocino Coast. Standing 115 feet above the flat coastal prairie, the lighthouse rises from the headland’s edge, bravely overlooking the pounding waves below. Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Sea Lion Cove State Marine Conservation Area”

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Big River Estuary State Marine Conservation Area

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Kayaker at Big River Estuary State Marine Conservation Area
photo by L. Kashiwada

Big River Estuary State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) is a small marine protected area located just south of the town of Mendocino. It covers less than a quarter square mile of estuary habitat along 1.3 miles of riverbank east of the Highway 1 bridge. Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Big River Estuary State Marine Conservation Area”

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Reading Rock State Marine Conservation Area and Reading Rock State Marine Reserve

Imagine cruising along Highway 101, enjoying one of California’s most scenic drives north of San Francisco. As the hustle and bustle of California’s Golden Gate City falls far behind, the scenery changes from developed cityscapes Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Reading Rock State Marine Conservation Area and Reading Rock State Marine Reserve”

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Double Point/Stormy Stack Rock Special Closure

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Double Point/Stormy Stack Rock Special Closure is located just north of Duxbury Reef State Marine Conservation Area in Marin County.
CDFW Marine Region map

California’s coastline north of San Francisco is well-known for rocky cliffs, small coves with sandy shorelines, and numerous offshore rocks of all shapes and sizes. Some of the larger offshore rocks in these cold waters Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Double Point/Stormy Stack Rock Special Closure”

Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Casino Point State Marine Conservation Area

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Catalina Casino, and the adjacent Casino Point State Marine Conservation Area
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California offers some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world, thanks to its magnificent kelp forests. An underwater counterpart to the incomparable redwood forests on land, divers glide through kelp stipes and blades just as Continue reading “Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas: Casino Point State Marine Conservation Area”