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Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Moss Landing, CA
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Informative and Friendly

Great trio and clearly a passionate owner about the Slough. Free coffee and homemade cookies on... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Brian G
Great and abundant widelife

We had 2 hours kayaking in to the Slough. Lots of sea otters, sea lions, pelicans and harbour... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Louise B
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A wildlife reserve that offers visitors walking trails and kayak tours through salt marshes and tidal flats.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“elkhorn slough” (24 reviews)
“harbor seals” (29 reviews)
Moss Landing, CA
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great trio and clearly a passionate owner about the Slough. Free coffee and homemade cookies on the return.

Thank Brian G
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had 2 hours kayaking in to the Slough. Lots of sea otters, sea lions, pelicans and harbour seals to be seen.

Thank Louise B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had planned to kayak up the slough but opted to do the Elkhorn Slough Safari instead. Either way you'll see an incredible amount of wildlife. We would recommend the safari because a naturalist goes along and describes everything you see. On the day we...More

Thank ScottandJanelle
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Run by the state of California Fish and wildlife. Excellent help in finding where the birds are in the trails wonderful. Wonderful visit

Thank schodaddy
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I've taken a few trips here with a small boat w trolling motor. I love seeing the otters! Sometimes they are playful, sometimes eating a non stop fresh seafood buffet and sometimes just floating on their backs....so cute!! Best place to observe sea otters in...More

Thank Diane M
Reviewed 12 September 2017

We kayaked up the Elkhorn Slough and back for a total of 12 miles. We saw lots of otters playing in the water. There were harbor seals and many different kinds of birds. In the morning the water was calm and the paddling easy as...More

Thank Tina S
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

I've driven past the sign for the Slough countless times, on a whim I decided to visit. The visitors center has some great books for children & adults. It's an easy walk & early morning will bring you close to cotton tail rabbits feeding. I...More

Thank karenmK2116VF
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Great location right off freeway but stills feels like an adventure for the whole family. I would visit again.

Thank Virgangulo
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

This adventure was amazing! Saw seals, otters, pelicans and so many other birds. It was an amazing adventure. The skipper Austin and his naturalists were so knowledgeable and enjoyable. Well worth the price of the ticket and highly would recommend this adventure. My 84 mother...More

Thank BlackRoseCher
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Nice trails going through interesting terrain with good views of the water and water-birds. There are some old structures and non-native plants remaining from long ago inhabitants. It makes for an interesting mix of unspoiled nature and old civilization.

Thank Hgross25
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12 February 2017|
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Response from 427BeatleBob | Reviewed this property |
Right next to the pottery place is the Kayak connection where you can rent a kayak. It has been many years since I rented a kayak but I did not get wet. If you are to wear a wetsuit, you are more than likely to overheat. As... More
22 May 2016|
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Response from TurkeyVisit | Reviewed this property |
The best spot is just off the highway by Moss Landing. The Slough is more suited for walking on a boardwalk and looking for small marsh birds.There will be sea otters, seals and numerous shorebirds around Moss Landing.
5 March 2015|
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Response from Yosemitesteve | Reviewed this property |
Monterey is south and Santa Cruz is north of Elkhorn Slough with plenty of lodging choices.Have fun!!!!