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The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve lies within the Montara State Marine Reserve. It is in Northern California, 20 miles south of San Francisco along the coast in Moss Beach and protects some endangered species of butterflies and plants as well as the marine life off the coast.
It is a popular location to explore tide-pools. We timed our visit to coincide with low tide and saw lots of anemones, hermits crabs and other marine life.
The tide-pools are at the base of a cliff with a steep staircase down to the beach. We saw a couple of seals hanging out on a rock in the surf as we wandered among the tide-pools.
Location: 200 Nevada Ave, Moss Beach, CA 94038
Designation: State Marine Reserve
Date designation declared: 8/5/1969
Date of my visit: August 13, 2012