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Newport Harbor

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Newport Harbor Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information     

Newport Harbor is surrounded by the communities of Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and IrviKayaking Newport Harbor ne. 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.

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Low 48 50 51 54 57 60 63 64 63 59 52 48

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 Kayaking Newport Harbor 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 kids.

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 The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Bookmetered parking. 598 J Street in Newport Beach.

Lido Island has available parking where you can launch your kayak. Make sure the beach is not private property.




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