Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
3842 Warner Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is one of California’s most significant coastal wetlands. This 300 acre sanctuary is a popular attraction for tourists and local residents. It features a 1.5 mile trail loop around a water inlet. Believed to be a popular hunting ground to native American tribes at one time, in the early 1900’s it was transformed into the Bolsa Hunting Club, a prestigious duck and fowl hunting club with steep membership fees. A Los Angeles Red Car train system included a stop here. In World War II, a portion of the wetlands was used by troops to watch for enemy attacks. The facility is now a protected wetlands. The public can park for free in a paved lot and walk along trails, watching and learning about birds. Dogs, horses, pets and bicycle riding are prohibited.
Directions: A little less than an hour from our area. Take the US-101 South to the I-5 South. Take the exit for the I-605 South. Keep left at the fork and follow the signs for the I-405 South. Take the Seal Beach exit. Turn left on Seal Beach Blvd. Turn left onto the CA-1 South/ Pacific Coast Highway. Go three miles and turn slight left onto Warner Ave.