Newport Harbor is surrounded by the
communities of Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and
Irvine. It is a hidden oasis centrally located
between all major freeways, exquisite shopping,
entertainment, business parks, and social
activities. The Newport Bay offers diverse landscape
settings to explore from residential homes and
marshlands to high bluffs and park lands.
The bay is
an ideal location for all levels of paddlers,
providing novice paddlers paddle the nineteen miles
of shoreline sections at a time. I divided the bay
into three sections. The northern "Upper Newport
Ecological Reserve" area, which is about
three-and-a-half miles long by a-half mile wide, and
is accessible to paddle at high tide. The middle
"Back Bay" area has a campground and a boat launch
for a fee and is located at: Newport Dunes Aquatic
Park on Back Bay Drive. Lastly, the "Newport Bay"
area has numerous tiny islands to explore, but you
need to watch out for outgoing tide conditions..
Newport Bay provides
excellent kayak fishing opportunities for surfperch,
spotted sand, kelp, and sand bass, white seabass,
yellowfin, and spotfin croaker. With the exception
of the white seabass, all fish inside the harbor are
wild, native fish. There isn’t any stocking program.
In the winter there is usually good action in the
bay for spotted bay bass man and working the walls
(breakwaters) for calico's. The nice thing about
fishing in the bay in winter is you will most likely catch spotties
and maybe halibut every time out.
Open: The Newport Bay is open daily for boating
all year, twenty-four hours a day, with running
lights at night. There is a 5 m.p.h. boat speed
limit on the entire bay.
Fees: There are free and pay launches and a fee
for camping and pets. A free boat launch access is
located at Galaxy Drive and Polaris Drive at the
North Star Beach.
Bay Facilities: There are canoe and kayak tours
all year on the weekends and a free two-hour walking
tour of the Ecological Reserve. The Newport Bay also
offers boating, fishing, bicycling, hiking and
horseback riding trails, swimming, boat rentals and
has several boat launch accesses. Jet and
waterskiing in the bay are not allowed.
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina is
home to the premier RV Park and Marina in Southern
California. Guests can enjoy the mile of beach front
with swimming and a playground on the beach for the
Launch access in the back Bay with plenty of parking
and easy access to the beach, even on busier days,
is located at 498 North Star Lane. Parking is free
on the dirt area.
Newport Beach Harbor Patrol launch
access is located at 1901 Bayside Dr, in
Newport Beach. Parking is free, but
limited during summer.
Balboa Peninsula launch access is available
off of G, H, J, & K Streets..There is free
and metered parking. 598 J Street in Newport
Lido Island has available parking where you
can launch your kayak. Make sure the beach
is not private property.