California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve - Orange County

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The symbols above are activities permitted on this Ecological Reserve. Click for more info.

Map: Directional Map (PDF)

Phone Number: (949) 640-9956

Directions: Newport Beach. Hwy 405 to Jamboree Exit. West on Jamboree to Back Bay Drive. Proceed W to reserve. Non-motorized boats permitted in designated areas only.

A CDFW Lands Pass is required for non-hunting recreational purposes on Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve.

Visit the Back Bay Science Center

For volunteer information, contact:
Newport Bay Naturalists and Friends
(949) 640-6746,

Outdoor California Article: "Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve: A Jewel in an Urban Environment" (PDF) or Text Only by Ann Hennessey © 2006

PLEASE NOTE: Area regulations are subject to change. Special restrictions on recreational uses, hunt days and methods of take are listed in the current year's issue of Hunting and Other Public Uses on State and Federal Areas, available at CDFW offices and places where licenses are sold.