Just as parks on land protect special lands and wildlife from over development and hunting, these underwater parks preserve California's stunning marine ecosystems for future generations to observe and enjoy.

California's coast and ocean are among our most treasured resources. The productivity, wildness, and beauty found here is central to California's identity, heritage, and economy.

Marin MPA Watch is currently training volunteers to monitor Point Reyes State Marine Reserve (Drakes Beach), Estero de Limantor State Marine Reserve, Point Reyes Headlands Special Closure, and Duxbury Reef State Marine Conservation Area.

Most of the Marin MPAs are located in the North Central Coast Region.  The north central coast region was the second of the regions to establish a network of MPAs. This region of our coast protects some of the most biodiverse marine environments of California in areas such as the Point Reyes Peninsula, Bodega Bay headlands, and the tidepools of Montara and Gerstle Cove. Within the region, 25 MPAs and 6 special closure areas were designated from Alder Creek near Point Arena in the north to Pigeon Point in the south. These MPAs represent approximately 153 square miles (20.1%) of state waters in the north central coast region with approximately 86 square miles (11%) designated as "no take" state marine reserves. These MPAs went into effect in 2010.

Point reyes, state marine reserve

Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.  Click here for more information about Point Reyes State Marine Reserve.

Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.  Click here for more information about Point Reyes State Marine Reserve.

ESTERO DE LIMANTOUR, state marine reserve

Take of all living marine resources is prohibited.  Click here for more information about Estero de Limantour State Marine Reserve

DUXBURY REEF, STATE MARINE CONSERVATION AREA

Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the recreational take of finfish from shore and abalone.  Click here for more information on Duxbury Reef, State Marine Conservation Area

Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the recreational take of finfish from shore and abalone.  Click here for more information on Duxbury Reef, State Marine Conservation Area

POINT REYES HEADLANDS, SPECIAL CLOSURE

Special restrictions on boating and access apply, special closure is designated from the mean high tide line to a distance of 1,000 feet seaward.  No person except department employees of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, or United States Coast Guard shall enter this area at any time.  Click here for more information.

Special restrictions on boating and access apply, special closure is designated from the mean high tide line to a distance of 1,000 feet seaward.  No person except department employees of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, or United States Coast Guard shall enter this area at any time.  Click here for more information.

CORTE MADERA MARSH, STATE MARINE PARK

Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the recreational hook and line take of finfish from shore.  Take of all marine aquatic plants is prohibited.  Only lightweight, hand-carried boats may be launched or operated within the park. Swimming, wading, and diving are prohibited within the park.  Click here for more information and maps of Corte Madera State Marine Park.

Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the recreational hook and line take of finfish from shore.  Take of all marine aquatic plants is prohibited.  Only lightweight, hand-carried boats may be launched or operated within the park. Swimming, wading, and diving are prohibited within the park.  Click here for more information and maps of Corte Madera State Marine Park.

POINT resistance rock, special closure

Special restrictions on boating and access apply, special closure is designated from the mean high tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward.  No person except department employees of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, or United States Coast Guard shall enter this area at any time.  Click here for more information.

double point/stormy stack, special closure

Special restrictions on boating and access apply, special closure is designated from the mean high tide line to a distance of 300 feet seaward.  No person except department employees of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, or United States Coast Guard shall enter this area at any time.  Click here for more information.

MARIN ISLANDS, STATE MARINE PARK

Take of all living marine resources is prohibited except the recreational hook and line take of species other than marine aquatic plants from shore only. Boating, swimming, wading, and diving are prohibited within the park.  Click here for information and maps of Marin Islands State Marine Reserve.