Preserve Info

Hiking
Biking
Wheelchair accessible
Good for Kids

Overview

Stevens Creek Shoreline Nature Study Area is a birders paradise. At this 50-acre bayfront preserve, located adjacent to Mountain View’s Shoreline Park, visitors can view a wide variety of waterfowl and shorebirds.

Gallery

Features

  • A 0.5-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, and pintails.
  • 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.

Directions

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. 

Get driving directions:

 

Trails

On the 0.5-mile trail visitors can view a wide variety of waterfowl and shorebirds. Don't forget to bring your binoculars!

 

Trail Conditions

  • The adjacent section of the Bay Trail is OPEN.

History

Construction of the salt-evaporation ponds to the north removed the marsh from tidal action. There is no indication that the property was used for salt production, but it may have been used for hunting and grazing. The District used a matching grant to acquire this property from POST, which received it as a gift from Leslie Salt. 

Regulations

  • Hours: Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Bicyclists: Bikes are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are required for all riders at all times. Please observe the 15-mph trail speed limit (5-mph when passing or approaching blind turns). For more information visit the Bicycle Access page.
  • Equestrians: Horses are NOT allowed in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. For information on preserves open to horses visit the Equestrian Access page.
  • 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 Ordinances

Overview

Stevens Creek Shoreline Nature Study Area is a birders paradise. At this 50-acre bayfront preserve, located adjacent to Mountain View’s Shoreline Park, visitors can view a wide variety of waterfowl and shorebirds.

Photo Gallery

Features

  • A 0.5-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, and pintails.
  • 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. 

Get driving directions:

 

Trails

On the 0.5-mile trail visitors can view a wide variety of waterfowl and shorebirds. Don't forget to bring your binoculars!

 

Trail Conditions

  • The adjacent section of the Bay Trail is OPEN.

Construction of the salt-evaporation ponds to the north removed the marsh from tidal action. There is no indication that the property was used for salt production, but it may have been used for hunting and grazing. The District used a matching grant to acquire this property from POST, which received it as a gift from Leslie Salt. 

  • Hours: Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Bicyclists: Bikes are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are required for all riders at all times. Please observe the 15-mph trail speed limit (5-mph when passing or approaching blind turns). For more information visit the Bicycle Access page.
  • Equestrians: Horses are NOT allowed in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. For information on preserves open to horses visit the Equestrian Access page.
  • 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 Ordinances

Download Preserve Map

Preserve Info

Hiking
Biking
Wheelchair accessible
Good for Kids

Hours

Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.

Preserve Activities

There are no events scheduled at this preserve currently.