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Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve

2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, California 92660 USA

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“The back bay”

The Upper Newport Bay (known by locals as " The Back Bay") is a large coastal wetland in Southern California and a major stopover for birds. Dozens of species, including endangered ones, can be observed here. Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve represent approximately 1,000 acres (4 km2) of open space. The Upper Bay was purchased by the state in 1975 for its Fish and Game Department's Ecological Reserve System. In 1985 the upper west bluffs and lands surrounding the bay became part of a county regional park. The beautiful setting offers outdoor activities such as bird-watching, jogging, bicycling, hiking, kayaking and horseback riding. The bay is recognized for protection by the California Bays and Estuaries Policy.It connects through the Newport Back Bay to the Newport Beach harbor.

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Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve

2301 University Dr
Newport Beach, California
92660 USA

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