Estero Bay (California)

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Estero Bay is a bay located on the Pacific Coast in San Luis Obispo County, central California. It is about 15 miles (24 km) from its south end at Point Buchon/Montana de Oro State Park, to its north end at Point Estero, which is about 5 miles (8 km) northwest of Cayucos. It is indented about 5 miles (8 km) into the California coast.

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A panoramic view of Estero Bay, California, USA, with the town of Cayucos on the left, Morro Bay/Morro Rock center, and Point Buchon/Montana de Oro State Park on the right. Morro Bay, CA, jjron 23.03.2012.jpg
A panoramic view of Estero Bay, California, USA, with the town of Cayucos on the left, Morro Bay/Morro Rock center, and Point Buchon/Montana de Oro State Park on the right.
View from Summit of Hazard Peak to Estero Bay, Morro Rock, Morro Bay Estuary, Sandspit, and Towns of Morro Bay and Cayucos. 2011 photo. View from Summit of Hazard Peak to Morro Bay Estuary, Sandspit, Pacific Ocean, City of Morro Bay and Los Osos and Baywood, Morros, and Morro Bay Inlet. (6221428357).jpg
View from Summit of Hazard Peak to Estero Bay, Morro Rock, Morro Bay Estuary, Sandspit, and Towns of Morro Bay and Cayucos. 2011 photo.
View of the northern 2/3rds of Estero Bay, Morro Rock, and the entrance of Morro Bay, looking West from Black Hill. Morro Bay City 1.jpg
View of the northern 2/3rds of Estero Bay, Morro Rock, and the entrance of Morro Bay, looking West from Black Hill.

Ecology

The Morro Bay kangaroo rat (Dipodomys heermanni morroensis ) is endemic to the Baywood fine sands habitats surrounding Morro Bay. It is a federally listed endangered species and on the IUCN Red List of Critically endangered species.

Morro Bay is located in the center of Estero Bay.

Features

Towns on the bay include Morro Bay, Baywood Park-Los Osos, and Cayucos.

For recreation beaches and parks are along the shore of the bay include:

  1. Morro Strand State Beach
  2. Morro Bay State Park
  3. El Moro Elfin Forest Preserve — a 90-acre grove of 'pygmy oaks' (Coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia ). Located on the southeastern shore of Estero Bay in Los Osos. An oval wooden walkway loops around the forest, with viewing platforms. [1]
A panoramic view of Estero bay (far side of sandspit), Morro Bay (near side of sandspit), Los Osos, Baywood Park, Chorro Valley, and Hollister Peak, from Black Hill. BlackHillMorroBayPanorama.jpg
A panoramic view of Estero bay (far side of sandspit), Morro Bay (near side of sandspit), Los Osos, Baywood Park, Chorro Valley, and Hollister Peak, from Black Hill.

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Rancho San Geronimo (Villavicencio)

Rancho San Geronimo was a 8,893-acre (35.99 km2) Mexican land grant in present-day San Luis Obispo County, California given in 1842 by Governor Juan Alvarado to Rafael Villavicencio. The granted extended along the Pacific coast from south of present-day Harmony to north of Cayucos. Villa Creek, which retains the Villavicencio name, runs through the center of the grant. Rancho Geronimo adjoined Rancho Moro y Cayucos, down coast to the southeast.

Rancho Cañada de los Osos y Pecho y Islay

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Rancho Cañada de los Osos was a 23,574.2-acre (95.401 km2) Mexican land grant in Los Osos Valley in present-day San Luis Obispo County, California.

Amphibious Training Base Morro Bay California training base during World War II

Amphibious Training Base Morro Bay also called Camp Morro Bay and Morro Bay Section Base was a US Navy training base for amphibious beach assault during World War II. The base opened in 1941 to train troops for the Pacific war theater island leapfrogging using landing craft and LCVP |LCVP]]. The base was located in Morro Bay, California in San Luis Obispo County. The base was on 250 acres of leased land. Ships for the base were based at the Avila's Port San Luis in San Luis Bay. Which was also leased with the yacht club and its warehouse. Added to the leased land was: two piers, mess hall, gallon water storage tanks, roads, buildings, garages, and ammo storage area. The Navy also extended the bays breakwater. A wooden trestle bridge was built to get to the nearby sandspit, the bridge removed in 1946 and some pillars still remain. The near Estero Bay was the site of training assault also, by the Navy, US Army, Marine Corps and Coast Guard also taking over the unused vacation hotel there. Nearby United States Army Air Corps fields had fighter aircraft fire flour shot to make the training more real. Up to 175 landing craft were at the base and 16,000 troops a day trained. In the base and in nearby Los Osos and Baywood live fire bombing, machine gun, bazookas, and flame throwers were used for training. The training ended on October 31, 1945 and the site is now a Duke Energy power plant built in 1955, site of three large smoke stacks. North of the former base in the notable Morro Rock. Avila Beach was also a Union Oil plant with many oil storage tanks, use for Navy ships.

References

NOAA Nautical chart of Estero Bay http://www.charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/18703.shtml

Coordinates: 35°23′59″N120°54′48″W / 35.39969°N 120.91347°W / 35.39969; -120.91347