Description - The refuge encompasses several habitat types including sand dunes, pickleweed salt marsh, river lagoon, riverine and a saline pond. The area provides habitat for several threatened and endangered species.
- Salinas River NWR encompasses 367 acres consisting of several habitat types including ocean, beach, grassland, river, sand dunes, pickleweed salt marsh, river lagoon, riverine, and a saline pond.
The area provides habitat for several threatened and endangered species, including the California brown pelican, Smith's blue butterfly, western snowy plover, peregrine falcon, and Monterey spineflower. The refuge is also a resting and feeding area for waterfowl, shorebirds, and other water birds.
Recreation - Recreation activities include wildlife and wildflower observation, study, and photography. Surf fishing for striped bass, starry flounder, sand sole, surfperch, steelhead, jacksmelt, and small sharks is permitted along with hunting for waterfowl, small game, and migratory birds. There are also several hiking trails to enjoy.
Climate - The climate is Mediterranean, so it tends to be windy and cold. The best weather is in spring and fall. From February through July, mild weather carpets the land. Summer is the time when fog can blanket the coastal areas, while the inland valleys remain warm. The best advice is to dress in layers.
The refuge is located 11 miles north of Monterey at the confluence of the Salinas River and Monterey Bay. Take the Del Monte Avenue exit from Highway 1 and drive 3/4 mile west to the parking lot.