Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Reopens

Know before you go! Check out these tips for visiting Fitzgerald Marine Reserve from Ranger Rob Cala.

Updated Monday, June 14, 2021

Many people know Fitzgerald Marine Reserve as the place to learn about and observe marine life up close. It’s also a Marine Protected Area which requires more staff and care to ensure marine animals and plants are respected. This is not a recreational beach—toys, food and drinks are not allowed.

We now have adequate staff and support from the Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve to be open and we’re counting on every visitor to help us by following the reserve’s Tidepool Etiquette:

  • Watch your step! Avoid stepping in tidepools and on beds of barnacles, anemones, mussels, and other tidepool life.
  • Do not remove shells, vegetation, rocks or marine life.
  • Please observe marine life by looking only. Do not touch or handle marine life.
  • Do not pull sea stars, mussels, limpets, and other tidepool life off rocks.
  • Do not place marine life in containers for a closer look, even for a few minutes. Buckets are not allowed.
  • Do not bring your dogs or other pets to the tidepools. Dogs are only allowed on the Dardenelle Trail.
  • Do not play loud radios or amplified music near or around the tidepools.
  • Do not disturb marine mammals, such as harbor seals in their rookery. Many seek this habitat as a refuge for birthing and raising young. Stay at least 300 feet from any marine mammal—stay behind the orange cones.

By following these rules, you’ll protect the reserve and help keep it open. Plan ahead and download your copy of the self-guided tour sheet.

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