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Angler Walking on Beach
  • Trails

    The River Trail starts to the right of the parking area, heads past a kiosk that provides waterfowl hunting information and regulations, and continues east to the Salinas River. The trail then leads hikers north west along the edge of the river through uplands to a salt marsh where it turns south west to join the Beach Trail. To finish the 1.2 mile loop, turn left at the Beach Trail and walk through the grassland until you reach the parking lot. 

    The Beach Trail is a spur trail off of the River Trail. Start to the left of the parking lot and walk west through grassland until you reach the Beach Trail. Turn left onto the Beach Trail. On your hike to the ocean, you will pass salt marsh, a saline pond, vegetated backdunes and then sandy foredunes that open onto sandy beach. The sandy trail is 1.6 miles round trip.

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  • Wildlife Viewing & Photography

    American Avocet

    Wildlife observation and photography are encouraged on refuge trails and along the beach during daylight hours.  Hundreds of species of plants, birds, and mammals are found on Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge.  Each season brings a different cast of characters.  Spring and fall are the best times to view and photograph wildlife, and the spring brings spectacular wildflower blooms in the dunes.  Please stay on the trails at all times. 

  • Interpretation

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    A introductory kiosk with interpretive signs have been place at the trailhead and wayside exhibits are available on the Beach and River Trails.

  • Waterfowl Hunting

    Hunter

    Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage. Hunting programs can promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on lands and waters in the Refuge System. Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge offers waterfowl hunting in the fall and early winter.

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  • Fishing

    Angler

    The Salinas River NWR provides access to surf fishing on the beach. Some commonly caught fish include striped bass and surfperch. There is no fishing on the Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge, including the saline pond and the Salinas River. 

Page Photo Credits — Credit: USFWS, Angler Walking on Beach/Aric Crabb, ©American Avocet/Blake Matheson, Interpretation/Carmen Minch, Hunter/Aric Crabb, Angler/FWS
Last Updated: Jan 13, 2013
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