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.

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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.

How to Get Here

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

No trail conditions to report.

This information is updated as needed when trails are opened or closed, or when there is scheduled trail maintenance. Visit the full Trail Conditions page for more information.

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 half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.
  • Bicycles: Are allowed on designated trails only (those shown on the map for bicycle use). Helmets are required. Observe the 15 mph trail speed limit (5 mph when passing). 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.
  • Permits: A use permit is required for any activity or event which: may be attended by twenty (20) or more people; OR is advertised or noticed in any publication, poster, electronic posting or flyer; OR requests/requires a fee be paid for participation. Visit the Permit page for more information.
     
  • Fires: Fires are prohibited in preserves.
     
  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in preserves.
     
  • Weapons: All weapons are prohibited in preserves.
     
  • Plants & Wildlife: Please leave plants and animals undisturbed. If you encounter wildlife during a visit, do not approach, startle or feed it. Although wild animals are generally fearful of humans and will run away, some wildlife can be dangerous. 
     
  • Water Areas: Swimming, wading or engaging in any water-contact activity 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.

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

No trail conditions to report.

This information is updated as needed when trails are opened or closed, or when there is scheduled trail maintenance. Visit the full Trail Conditions page for more information.

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 half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.
  • Bicycles: Are allowed on designated trails only (those shown on the map for bicycle use). Helmets are required. Observe the 15 mph trail speed limit (5 mph when passing). 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.
  • Permits: A use permit is required for any activity or event which: may be attended by twenty (20) or more people; OR is advertised or noticed in any publication, poster, electronic posting or flyer; OR requests/requires a fee be paid for participation. Visit the Permit page for more information.
     
  • Fires: Fires are prohibited in preserves.
     
  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in preserves.
     
  • Weapons: All weapons are prohibited in preserves.
     
  • Plants & Wildlife: Please leave plants and animals undisturbed. If you encounter wildlife during a visit, do not approach, startle or feed it. Although wild animals are generally fearful of humans and will run away, some wildlife can be dangerous. 
     
  • Water Areas: Swimming, wading or engaging in any water-contact activity is prohibited.

Download District Regulations and Ordinances

Download Preserve Map

Preserve Info

Hiking
Biking
Wheelchair accessible
Good for Kids

Hours

Preserves are open from one-half hour before official sunrise until one-half hour after official sunset.

Preserve Activities

There are no events scheduled at this preserve currently.