Dive into California’s Underwater Parks!
Explore California’s Underwater Parks without getting your feet wet through a new online tour! The California Google MPA Tour features detailed descriptions of each of the state marine protected areas, National Marine Sanctuaries, and National Estuaries, with stunning photos and videos, and links to local “things to do” for your enjoyment and ease of vacation planning.
Cambria State Marine Park (SMP) and State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) is a narrow strip of coastal waters between Pico Creek bridge in San Simeon and the town of Cambria, south of Moonstone Beach. Both San Simeon and Moonstone are beautiful beaches with many motels and lodges, and both have great coastal access, with nice walking trails. Pico Creek and Moonstone are good surfing beaches, and there’s a boat ramp at Moonstone for recreational fishing or to launch a kayak.
Passed by the California State Legislature in 1999, the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) required the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to redesign its system of marine protected areas (MPAs) to increase its coherence and effectiveness at protecting the state’s marine life, habitats, and ecosystems. For the purposes of MPA planning, a public-private partnership commonly referred to as the MLPA Initiative was established, and the state was split into five distinct regions (four coastal and the San Francisco Bay), each of which had its own MPA planning process. All four coastal regions have completed these individual planning processes. As a result, the coastal portion of California’s MPA network is now in effect statewide.