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James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve


James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

San Mateo County Parks Department


Marine life sanctuary The reserve is a 350-acre marine life sanctuary located between Moss Beach and Pillar Point. It is set aside for the study and protection of marine plants and animals and for the enjoyment of visitors. All marine life and materials washed up on the beach are protected and should not be disturbed. Hook and line fishing for specific fish only is permitted within fish and game regulations. Picnic sites, interpretive center, restrooms and naturalist service available. Docent classes are given for volunteers in fall. Qualified docents give tidepool nature walks to elementary school children in the third grade and up, on a reservation basis. Reservations are usually made about four weeks in advance.


Public Transit:

SAMTRANS stops within 3 blocks.



$26 reservation fee. Cash, checks accepted.


Students in grades 3-12



How to Apply:

Call (650-363-4021) to arrange nature program for groups of 10 or more.

Service Wait Estimate:

4 weeks.

Service Areas:

  • San Mateo County