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Upper Newport Bay


One of only a few remaining estuaries in southern California, Upper Newport Bay is a tranquil setting where fresh and saltwater meet and mix. Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve represent approximately 1,000 acres of open space. It is the home of nearly 200 species of birds, including several endangered species, as well as numerous varieties of mammals, fish, and native plants. The bay is an important stopover for migrating birds on the Pacific Flyway and up to 30,000 birds can be seen on any day during the winter months. Six rare endangered species can be found in this habitat including: the Light Footed Clapper Rail, Brown Pelican, Belding’s Savannah Sparrow, Black Rail, Peregrine Falcon and California Least Tern. The bay is also home to one endangered plant species – Saltmarsh Bird’s Beak. Activities: Kayaking (5.8 miles), Hiking (3.2 mile loop)

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A TON OF FUN ! After arriving at the Newport Beach Marriott Bayview Hotel on Saturday afternoon we decided to rent a couple of electric bikes for 2 hours so... More

Did a couple of walks here for the last few weekends, great spot if you want to get a quick workout in and want a change in scenery. Follow the address on... More

Great place to take a walk or slow bike ride. We are lucky to be able to have such beauty in nature in our back door. More

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