Located just 4 miles north of Half Moon Bay is the Pillar Point Marsh. It consists of two types of marshes: a fresh water stream marsh that drains into a brackish water marsh (a mix of fresh and sea water) where plants are salt tolerant.
The sponge-like soil controls flooding during heavy rainfall and the plants in the marsh serve as a filter to purify polluted runoff water — providing a healthy environment for the many birds and animals who live and visit the marsh.
This unique marsh may be small, but it is an important habitat for local and migrating birds where bird watchers at Pillar Point Marsh have sighted nearly 20% of all North American bird species.
Directions: From Hwy. 1, take Capistrano Road to Pillar Point Harbor. Go through the harbor entrance to Prospect Way and turn left on to Broadway. Take the immediate left on Harvard and go to the end of road. Turn right on West Point Avenue and continue to the Pillar Point Marsh parking lot.
Information: Fitzgerald Marine Reserve — 650-728-3584.