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Stevens Creek Shoreline Nature Study Area Stevens Creek Shoreline Nature Study Area

All Midpen Preserves are open to the public free of charge, 365 days a year from dawn until one-half hour after sunset.

Overview | Directions and Parking | Trails | History | Regulations


Stevens Creek Shoreline Nature Study Area is a birders paradise. At this bayfront preserve, located adjacent to Mountain View’s Shoreline Park, visitors can view a wide variety of waterfowl and shorebirds.


Stevens Creek Shoreline Nature Study Area

  • A half-mile trail where visitors can view a wide variety of waterfowl and shorebirds, including black-necked stilts, mallards, snowy and great egrets, great blue herons, cormorants, pintails, to name a few
  • Visitors may spot pied-billed grebes, great blue herons, coots, and shovelers.
  • Two endangered species (clapper rail and salt marsh harvest mouse) depend on this sensitive habitat to survive.



The Stevens Creek Shoreline Nature Study Area is accessible from the Shoreline-at-Mountain View Park. From Highway 101, take Shoreline Boulevard east to the Shoreline Park entrance. After passing the entrance kiosk, turn right into the “Kite Area” parking lot.



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Close to thirty years ago, only four miles of bay shoreline were accessible to the public. In 1987, the passage of Senate Bill 100, the “Ring Around the Bay” legislation, directed the Association of Bay Area Governments, in cooperation with local, regional, and state agencies and organizations, to develop and implement the San Francisco Bay Trail. The District has actively supported and participated in the creation of this trail, which, when completed, will link shoreline parks, open space preserves, and other public access areas in a continuous loop around San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. To date, approximately 338 miles of the proposed 500-mile San Francisco Bay Trail have been completed.



Below is a list of some basic regulations that will help to ensure a safe, enjoyable visit.

  • Hours: Preserves are open a half hour before sunrise until a half hour after sunset.
  • Bicyclists: Bikes are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are required at all times. Please observe the 15-mph trail speed limit (5-mph when passing or approaching blind turns). Download Bicycle Access Guidelinespdf
  • Groups: For safety reasons, permits are required for all groups of 20 or more people.

  • Fires: Fires are prohibited on preserves.

  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited on preserves.

  • Weapons: Weapons of any kind are prohibited on preserves.

  • Plants and Animals: Please leave plants and animals undisturbed. This not only preserves the natural environment, but is also a safety precaution.

  • Water Areas: Swimming wading, or engaging in any water-contact activity in any water areas of the District is prohibited.
Download District Regulations and Ordinancespdf


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Trail Conditions

The adjacent section of the Bay Trail is Open.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that seasonal trail closures may change from day to day without notice, based on changing weather conditions. Also note that during winter storm season high waters can make creek crossings hazardous, so plan your outing accordingly.

Last updated on: 5/7/2015

Additional Information

Natural Highlights - Birds

Threatened + Endangered Species

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