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Back Bay

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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Yelp Based on 154 Reviews Yelp

This is my first time visiting the back bay of Newport Beach and the kids and I loved it. It is just a quick path to explore and with little kids, they... More

Beautiful trail overlooking the water. This place is serene and makes for great photos. There is no shade so it's best to go on a cooler day. Stroller... More

Wow! What a beautiful park. This place is what california would be if we didn't have all this infrastructure. Definitely gives you a nutrient vibe even... More

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