Paddle Notes: Huntington Harbor is located a few
miles north of Newport Bay. Huntington Harbor and
Newport Bay are similar to one another. Both
locations have waterways that meander in and out
waterfront homes and both have marinas filled
with an array of beautiful boats. Huntington Harbor
two marsh-like areas.
The Natural Wildlife Refuge
located on the northern side is on U.S. Naval
Unfortunately, it is a restricted area and
all boating is prohibited. On the southern side just
past Warner Avenue is the Ecological Reserve. It is
the largest coastal salt marsh in Los Angeles and
Orange County. It is also closed to all boating,
though free bird watching walking tours are given on
the first Saturday of the month between 9:00 a.m.
and 10:30 a.m. The beach is open from 6:00 a.m. to
Kayaking allows you to launch
from any small beach but the favorite launch
accesses are in Sunset Beach on the channel side
(east side) of Pacific Coast Highway between Warner
Avenue and Coral Cay Lane or on the small Mother's
Beach at Humboldt Island. Novice kayakers new to the
sport will do well to take a few lessons for
paddling and capsize rescue. Many kayak retail
stores not only sell the equipment, but also offer
kayak lessons and rentals on an hourly basis.
Kayak Fishing: There are an abundance of arms
throughout Huntington Harbor which inhabit halibut,
bass and a number of other species of fish.
Beginning in the Fall halibut fishing in the harbor
areas of Southern California picks up as the fish
move into the shallow harbors to spawn. Numerous
kayak anglers target the spawning fish using live
bait rigs and circle hooks.
Wind & Weather Conditions: The pleasant coastal
climate averages in the high 70s during the summer
months and the mid-60s in the spring and fall.
Coastal fog can sometimes put a damper on your day
in the area. During the summer the temperature is in
the 60's and cool during winter when temperatures
tend to be in the 50's. The warmest month of
the year is August with an average maximum
temperature of 84 degree. The coldest month of the
year is January with an average minimum temperature
of 47 degrees. The wettest month
of the year is January with an average rainfall of
Terrain: Huntington Harbor borders the famous
Sunset Beach. It is a heavily populated residential
community and a popular tourist spot, especially
during the summer months. Beautiful sandy beaches,
boats and homes border this harbor. Kayaking around
Huntington Harbor's five manmade islands is a
popular activity in the mild waters that include
five manmade islands--Admiralty, Davenport, Gilbert,
Humboldt and Trinidad.
Open: Huntington Harbor is open daily for
boating, twenty-four hours a day, year-round with
running lights at nights. The entire harbor has a 5
m.p.h. boat speed limit.
Fees: There is a boat launch at the end of
Edinger Avenue located at the Sunset Aquatic
Regional Park, (2901-A Edinger Avenue). The gate is
open twenty-four hours with an automated self-pay
machine at night. Be sure to bring one dollar bills
for the machine for parking. There is no launch fee.
Also, there is free and metered parking on the
streets and in the parking lots off of Warner Avenue
and Pacific Coast Highway 1.
Harbor Facilities: There is ocean and harbor
beaches, restroom, volleyball, swimming, fishing,
boating (5 m.p.h. boat speed limit.)
Resources: OEX Sunset Beach kayak rentals. 16910
Pacific Coast Hwy Sunset Beach, CA 92649 Ph: 562
Sunset Kayak Rentals 16862 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Sunset Beach, CA 94019 Ph: 562 592-5537
Launch Directions: From the city of Long Beach,
travel south on the Interstate 405. Exit on Bolsa
Chica Road. Turn right heading south toward the
beach. Drive to Edinger Avenue and turn right.
Follow Edinger Avenue to Sunset Way East. Or you can
launch your boat one block from the Pacific Coast
Highway 1 off of Warner Avenue.