Visiting the Pond Complexes
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Volunteer Activities at Eden Landing Ponds
Audio Tour at Eden Landing
Eden Landing trails, kayak launch, shorebirds and saltworks ruins
Eden Landing Ecological Reserve offers new hiking, kayaking and sight-seeing options. Along with a segment of the Bay Trail, the Reserve now hosts a 3-mile seasonal loop trail around shorebird ponds and 19th Century salt-making sites. An all-year trail passes saltworks ruins, where a boardwalk and panels allow indepth viewing and learning. A spur route ends at marshes near the edge of the Bay. Another spur reaches historic Archimedes screws, windmill pumps used to move water for salt-making. Because of potential wildlife impacts, no dogs are allowed on trails (additional provisions apply for waterfowl hunts). A new accessible launch, with a drop-off loop, provides Bay access for kayakers and other non-motorized small boats. Limited hunting is allowed at Eden Landing.
For a map and more information on hunting, history and restoration, see the California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Eden Landing Ecological Reserve website.
Detailed information on the kayak launch, a trailhead of the San Francisco Bay Water Trail, is available on the Water Trail website's Eden Landing trailhead page.
From westbound Highway 92, take the Clawiter Road/Eden Landing Road exit. Go left at the light, over the overpass, and continue straight at the stop sign. Follow Eden Landing Road south of the highway to the end, near the intersection with Arden Road.
From eastbound Highway 92, take the Clawiter Road/Eden Landing Road exit and turn right at the stop sign at the end of the exit. Follow Eden Landing Road south to the end, near the intersection with Arden Road.
Print and Online Media
September 27, 2019
Print and Online Media
National Geographic website
June 13, 2017
Television and Radio, Print and Online Media
Peninsula Press, Stanford University podcast
June 07, 2017
Print and Online Media
December 10, 2014
Tideline: San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex Newsletter - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
December 01, 2014
Managers finalize plan for Eden Landing Phase 2 restoration, recreation and flood protection construction
A kayak launch and 3.8 miles of new trails open to some of the Bay's oldest salt-making ruins: the 19th Century Oliver Saltworks ruins and Archimedes screws, old windmill-like water pumps
230 acres of ponds are optimized for shorebirds and ducks, with new nesting islands and roosting mounds. The ponds also offer a range of water salinities and levels to test which levels birds prefer (Ponds E12/E13)
630 acres of ponds are breached to the Bay to begin natural salt marsh restoration (ponds E8A, E9, and E8X)
A new experiment to scatter oyster shells in nesting areas of the threatened Western snowy plover is designed to camouflage similarly-colored eggs and chicks from predators.
Project managers finalize a 50-year Restoration Plan! The Plan establishes an adaptive management process, so that ecological factors guide the extent of salt marsh restoration; based on scientific data and the needs of multiple protected species, the Project will restore from 50% to 90% of the ponds to salt marsh.
State and Federal agencies and private foundations acquire 15,100 acres of commercial salt ponds in the South Bay from Cargill Inc. for $100 million. The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project launches to oversee multi-decade restoration of the ponds to achieve wildlife habitat, recreation, and flood protection goals.
Documents Related to this Pond Complex
Planning: Foundational Documents
Planning: Phase 2
|Alviso Opportunities and Constraints Memo|
|Handout - Alviso|
|Project Management Team's preliminary thinking on possible Phase 2 actions|
|Meeting Summary for August 4, 2015 Draft EIS/R public meeting|
|Handout - Ravenswood|
Planning: Phase 1
|Pond A16-A17 CDFG Approval Letter (October 2011)|
|Pond A16-A17 Environmental Action Statement (November 2011)|
|SBSP Phase 1 Restoration Alternatives Maps|
Planning: Programmatic Planning
Planning: Initial Stewardship (ISP)
Planning: Initial Science Planning
Permitting: Phase 2
|Advisory Council on Historic Preservation National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Completion Letter (January 2013)|
Permitting: Phase 1
|Consistency Determination #CN 10-03—Bay Conservation and Development Commission (October 17, 2008)|
|Final Amendment to Regional Board Permit (February 2012)|
|Permit No. 7-03—Bay Conservation and Development Commission (October 14, 2008)|