Maps

Printed publications such as maps are valuable for communicating the boundaries and objectives of marine protected areas to various stakeholders and the public. A variety of map products are being developed to target various audiences for improving understanding of the location, purpose and management of California’s marine protected areas.

North Coast MPA Map (880K JPEG)

This map, produced by the Ocean Conservancy, illustrates the 20 MPAs and 7 Special Closures along the North Coast of California from the Oregon border to Alder Creek near Point Arena in the south.

Pyramid Point to Reading Rock MPA Map (778K PDF)
Reading Rock to Mattole Canyon MPA Map (883K PDF)
South Cape Mendocino to Double Cone Rock MPA Map (860K PDF)
Double Cone Rock to Pt. Arena MPA Map (942K PDF)
North Central Coast MPA Map (1.1M JPEG)

This map, produced by the Ocean Conservancy, illustrates the 21 MPAs along the North Central Coast of California from Alder Creek near Point Arena in the north to Pigeon Point in the south.

Marin County Regional Map (1MB JPEG)
Del Mar Landing to Gerstle Cove MPAs (1.5M JPEG)
Montara and Pillar Point MPAs (1.5M JPEG)
Point Arena to Saunders Reef MPAs (1.5M JPEG)
Russian River to Bodega Bay MPAs (1.5M JPEG)
Point Arena to Piedras Blancas Map

This map, created in 2016, shows state MPAs and National Marine Sanctuaries from Point Arena to Point Piedras Blancas.

Central Coast MPA Map (1.1M JPEG)

This map, produced by The Ocean Conservancy illustrates the 29 MPAs along the Central California Coast from Pigeon Point to Point Conception. This map is 8.5 X 11 inches

Carmel Bay and Point Lobos MPAs (1.77M JPEG)
Monterey Peninsula MPAs (1.37M JPEG)
Monterey Peninsula Map- Unlabeled
Pt Sur MPAs (894K JPEG)
Point Buchon MPAs (792K JPEG)
Morro Bay MPAs (908K JPEG)
Elkhorn Slough MPAs (1.29M JPEG)
San Luis Obispo County MPAs (347K JPEG)
Cambria MPAs (40K JPEG)
Big Creek MPAs (382K JPEG)
Piedras Blancas MPAs (1.41M JPEG)
Piedras Blancas MPAs (28K JPEG)
Natural Bridges MPA (238K JPEG)
Ano Nuevo and Greyhound Rock Map- Unlabeled
Elkhorn Slough Map- Unlabeled
Elkhorn Slough to Point Lobos Map
Carmel Bay and Point Lobos Map
Monterey Peninsula Map
South Coast MPA Map (1.1M JPEG)

This map, produced by the Ocean Conservancy, illustrates the 21 MPAs along the South Central Coast of California from Alder Creek near Point Arena in the north to Pigeon Point in the south.

Catalina Iland MPA Map (2.2M PDF)
Orange County Regional MPA Map (2.8M PDF)
Santa Barbara Regional MPA Map (3.5M PDF)
Santa Monica Bay Regional MPA Map (3.4M PDF)
San Diego Regional MPA Map (3.5M PDF)

California Department of Fish and Wildlife has created a series of maps of California’s MPAs. View them here: CDFW MPA Maps

Alternatively, you can view interactive maps on MarineBIOS and MPA Mobile.

MarineBIOS: A CDFW Marine & Coastal Map Viewer
The mission of the California’s Marine Protected Areas Education and Outreach Initiative is to enhance MPA education through enduring partnerships to empower Californians to protect what they know and love.