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Stevens Creek Shoreline Nature Study Area



Stevens Creek Shoreline Nature Study Area is a birder’s paradise. At this 55-acre bayfront preserve, located adjacent to Mountain View’s Shoreline Park, 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. Bring your binoculars!

The marshland vegetation at this preserve provides protected habitat for the endangered Ridgway’s rail and salt marsh harvest mouse.

Stevens Creek Shoreline Nature Area is accessible from the San Francisco Bay Trail, a planned 500-mile walking and cycling path around the entire San Francisco Bay, through all nine Bay Area counties

Construction of the salt-evaporation ponds to the north removed this area of the marsh from tidal action. There is no indication that this specific property was used for salt production, but it may have been used for hunting and grazing. Midpen used a matching grant to acquire this property from the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), which received it as a gift from Leslie Salt Company.

Allowed Activities
Mountain Biking
Good For
Rules & Regulation
No Dogs
No Illegal Substances
No E Bikes

Additional Information


  • Hours: Open half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.
  • Dogs: Dogs are NOT allowed in this Preserve. For information on dog-friendly preserves visit the Dog Access page. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Midpen accommodates service dogs in Preserves wherever we allow public access.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.