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Franko’s Map of MontereyAs of September 2006 yours truly has at last produced the third edition of Franko's Map of Monterey. I must admit that even I, the maker of the map, love it! This is one of the coolest looking maps I hae ever seen, and that is partially because Monterey is just physically beautiful on a map, and partially because I think I did a great job! It is very difficult for an engineer who is also an artist (that’s me) to actually finish a work and actually really like it. Usually it is easy to self-criticize, but I really, REALLY like this new Monterey map! However, because my Monterey map is so much oriented to the ocean scene, and it shows Monterey’s beautiful dive sites and reef creatures in such vivid detail, I decided to rename the map as Franko's Dive Map of Monterey. In an August 2006 visit to Monterey I once again was reminded that this is one of the most stupendously beautiful places on earth, both above and below the water. Monterey inspires me beyond adequate words to describe. I have to turn to mapping in order to depict Monterey in a way that resembles its fabulous beauty. Some artists do seascapes, some show trees or mountains, but I do maps. Thank goodness for computer graphics, or else I’d be oil painting! Well, actually, I would like to paint. Anyway, Franko Maps are sometimes called “Fabulous Maps of Favorite Places,” and in the case of Monterey this phrase is more true than ever. Monterey seems to be more beautiful every time I visit. Technology and mapping progress has enabled me to depict Monterey better than ever. I hope that the pictures here on give the viewer a glimpse of what I mean. This edition is different and improved in many ways. First of all, the shaded relief of the hills and mountains around Monterey are shown in wonderful new shades of green, with better clarity and more beauty than ever. Basically, the map was made over again from scratch. With the use of aerial photos from the USGS’ National Map I was able to correct the locations of my roadways. I never knew they were off, but technology has changed much since my 2003 edition! Thirdly, the information I’ve put on and around Monterey Peninsula and Monterey Bay has been much improved, with additional tidbits about scenic or historic spots of interest to all visitors. But most of all, in the opinion of “Aquanut”, i.e., yours truly, the water surrounding the Peninsula on side one and across the Monterey Bay on side two is absolutely the best yet. This improvement is partially owed to technology, as well as to the inspiration of Monterey that has come to the artistic side of me. The technical side of me learned that digital data was available similar to the data used for the land masses in my various maps, and thus my artistic self was enabled to depict the underwater topography like never before. Wow! I did it in “Franko blue” hues, with the underwater canyons of Monterey and Carmel looking just amazing. The outcome was better than I could have thought of only a few months ago. To improve the map even more, I took the reef creatures out of their box and spread them across the face of the map in the ocean blue area. Formerly my Monterey map showed the kelp forest creatures in a box. This was cool, but this Monterey edition borrows my methods from Franko Maps of Hawaii and the Caribbean, and it is much improved. I’ve changed my Orange County and Los Angeles County dive maps to show the respective kelp forest creatures in this way as well and I like it! Meanwhile, I’ve done some diving, kayaking, bicycling and hiking around the Monterey Peninsula and down to Point Lobos State Reserve. I could spend years exploring the Monterey environment and never get tired of it. Point Lobos has to be one of my very favorite California State Parks. By the way, when you follow my map of Monterey for the famous Monterey Peninsula 17-mile drive, I would suggest you do it on a bicycle if you are capable. However, due to tourist looking at the sites, you had better be an excellent, experienced bicyclist. The Monterey sites and the limitless supply of fresh Pacific air makes bicycling from Monterey to Carmel and to Point Lobos one of the most rewarding rides anywhere. I really love it. As the map will show you, you will pass numerous beautiful spots to pull off and have a look and perhaps a little walk or even a picnic. The map shows you exactly where every site along the famous drive is located. This includes some of the world’s most know scenic spots, especially the Lone Cypress, which is the logo of The Pebble Beach Company itself. As you ride or drive along the 17-Mile Drive it is also easy to see why the Monterey Peninsula is one of the golfing paradises of the world. What golfer would not want to be in this fabulous environment on world-class golf links like Pebble Beach, Cypress Point, Spyglass Hill, and Spanish Bay enjoying the game? Monterey is definitely one of Franko’s favorite places and it surely deserves a fabulous and unique map. Fortunately, the pure inspiration of the Monterey Peninsula area, mixed with technical and artistic skills has made for a brand new edition that is one of my favorite maps yet. I feel that this map has really captured the essence of Monterey’s beauty, while showing its unique underwater environment as well. Franko’s Dive Map of Monterey was my sixth in a series of California Coastal and Island maps, begun in the year 1999. I remember going to Point Lobos on April fools day, 2000, to finish the last details of the map. I was at the very point of the land, on a warm, sunny day, with a pair of whales easing by offshore, with waves raging against the rocks, a sea otter was in the cove smacking an abalone shell against a rock held on his belly, four dozen harbor seas were snoozing and playing on the beach, hundreds of cormorants were flying by at 35 miles per hours, pelicans sere gliding by and the air seemed fresher than anywhere on earth. Wow! I had a cell phone with me and called my wife at home to describe how hard I was working to finish my map! That was literally the first time I ever called home from any destination on a cellular phone. Now, of course, that is common place. Just as I communicated to Cindy back on April 1, 2000, I hope with this map and these words to communicate with you that Point Lobos, Monterey and the whole area is and unbelievably fabulous place to visit, and you should so. Take Franko’s Dive Map of Monterey with you! In May of 2000 I released my first edition of Franko’s Map of Monterey, along with a second edition of my beloved Santa Catalina Island, and first editions of the Channel Islands, the San Diego County Coast, the Orange County Coast, and the Los Angeles County Coast. It is hard to say what is my favorite, but if it is not Monterey I don’t know what it is. I now have maps of the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, Cozumel, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Bonaire, and more, and Monterey is still at the top of my favorites list.The following describes the details of Franko’s Dive Map of Monterey. Side one of the map is shows the Monterey Peninsula, including, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel by-the-sea, and Point Lobos State Reserve. Side two shows the whole of Monterey Bay, from above Santa Cruz to the upper end of Big Sur. It also details Monterey Harbor and downtown, the Monterey National Marine Sanctuary, and the bird watching and kayaking paradise of Elkhorn Slough, right at the center of the Monterey Bay coast line.
Side 1 of Franko’s Dive Map of Monterey shows the Monterey Peninsula and Point Lobos State Reserve in fabulous green shaded relief as they jut out into stunning and true ocean blue canyon topography. Monterey’s hilly shaded relief accuracy is courtesy of USGS digital elevation models, and the new ocean depth bathymetry is from NOAA data. We tax payers paid for this wonderful data, so it is nice to be able to use it to create a more beautiful and accurate map. Although this is a “Dive Map” of Monterey, Franko’s Map is also a perfect tourism map. All of the local major roads and routes are clearly shown, including the unbelievable 17-Mile Drive (a toll road), as it meanders through the most amazing scenery, including ocean vistas that can’t be beat, tall forests of Monterey pines and Monterey cypress trees, and the most stunning golf courses on earth.  And if you thought that the Monterey Peninsula was beautiful, Point Lobos State Reserve is all of that, with zero human population!  A special detail of Point Lobos State Reserve shows its trails and dive spots.  You can also follow Franko’s personal favorite bike route from Point Lobos to Carmel, around the Monterey Peninsula on the famous 17-Mile Drive, to Pacific Grove, and on to Monterey and beyond. Meanwhile, not forgetting that this is a “Dive Map”, there are over two dozen of the most notable scuba dive spots around the Monterey Peninsula located, with their underwater features described.  A pair of underwater photos show a patrol of batrays around divers, and some of Monterey’s goofiest wildlife – the playful sea lions. This gives the map viewer a glimpse of what is down there. Franko’s Kelp Forest Creatures gives the viewer a better and deeper understanding of what lurks and lives below the surface as it depicts dozens of fish, invertebrates, and even an ascending sea otter, which clutches a red urchin in its paws.  Since Franko is a bicycling enthusiast, of course Monterey’s best bike routes are shown, including the superb and famous Monterey Recreation Trail, which runs clear up past Sand City on the north and right through Monterey’s Cannery Row area. There is a separate map of Point Lobos State Reserve on the lower right side of the map to enlarge and details the wonders of Franko’s favorite California State Park. The Point Lobos State Reserve map shows the legal diving areas, all of its forest trails, plus coves, points and rocks that make up this gorgeous and unpopulated peninsula. This side of the map shows the Monterey Peninsula with captions located all around the three sides of the peninsula to describe what is there, primarily in the underwater environment. Starting in the Monterey Harbor area and going counter-clockwise around the Monterey Peninsula the following captions describe the scene, both above and below the water:DEL MONTE BEACH 10’ - 40’ Beg. - Int. Beach dive over sandy bottom and shale outcroppings with some kelp. Good student dive spot.WHARF #2 5’ - 30’ Int.. - Adv. Dive E side only amongst colorful anemones and other invertebrates on pilings. Sheep crabs and octopus. Harbormaster permission req'd.BREAKWATER COVE (CG WHARF) 10’ - 60’ Beg.- Int. San Carlos Beach entry is common open water check-outdive. Sandy along wharf with sand dollars, sea pens and anemones. Patchy reef to West with kelp bed. Breakwater has many fish and invertebrates including shrimp.DOC RICKETTS UNDERWATER PARK to 60’ depthMERTRIDIUM FIELD 50’ - 60’ Int. Swim from San Carlos Beach by following pipes N of entry tobig 3’ dia pipe, follow to end & 50’ beyond to shale outcropping that has abundant large white mertridium anemones.McABEE BEACH (MEXICAN RESTAURANT) 10’ - 50’ Beg. to Int. beach dive into kelp forest filled with crayola invertebrates. Small abalones survive in cracks despite otters. Wolf eels cruise around the sunken SS Gipsy steamship (1905).MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM World-class aquarium, inspires conservation of the oceans through exhibits and programs. It has a fabulous, huge California kelp forest aquarium, jellyfish exhibits, and a wonderful oceanfront view of wild sea otters.HOPKINS MARINE LIFE REFUGE 10’ -40’ & 60’ - 90’ Beg. - Adv. From 3rd St., Pacific Grove to Aquarium,from mean high tide mark to 60’ depth. No marine life may be take without permit issued by Hopkins Marine Station. Beach or boat dive within refuge. Big granite deep called DEEP REEF is a boat dive with white anemones and wolf eels beyond the Refuge boundary.LOVER’S POINT 10’ -40’ Beg.- Adv. Beach check-out dive with rocky pinnacles. Sea life includes sculpin, bat rays, and torpedo rays. West side night diving.OTTER COVE & KC ROCK 10’ - 60’ Beg.- Adv. Rocky beach dive. KC Rock is 17' - 60' deep. Thebottom is sandy with anemones, sponges, nudibranchs, octopus and various rockfish.CHASE REEF Inner: 30’ - 60’/Outer: 40’ - 110’ Int.- Adv. Boat or kayak dive(s) to Inner Reef, 400’ offshore, or Outer Reef at 600’+ offshore. Thick kelp, sheer walls, mertridium and giant rose anemones and pealgic species abound. Gray whales migrate past. Caution: Exposed to open ocean conditions.CORAL STREET 10’ - 60’ Beg.- Adv. Rocky beach entry or kayak dive to kelp and boulders.Scallops and abalone are found here along with rockfish, cabezon and monkeyface eel. Caution: Often rough.POINT PINOS 40’ - 110’+ Int.- Adv. Rocky shore or boat dive amongst granite boulders with caves and reefs. This site features an array of invertebrates, including a rock scallop bed at 100’, plus gamefish. Explore the wreck of SS Frank H. Buck (1924). Caution: Exposed to wind, swell and boat traffic.PACIFIC GROVE MARINE GARDENS FISH REFUGE Third St. to end of city limits at Asilomar Conference grounds, from mean high tide mark to depth of 60’. No invertebrates or plant life may be taken. Fin fish hunting okay.SPANISH BAY Spanish explorer Don Gaspar de Portola camped here in 1769 while looking for Monterey Bay. This is a good picnic spot.MOSS COVE (SPANISH BAY) 5’ - 25’ Beg.- Adv. Entry at Spanish Bay parking for wreck diving: CG 256 (1933), a 75’ prohibition era rum chaser off Asilomar State Beach; amd Roderick Dhu (1873), a 1573-ton bark near the parking lot.POINT JOE 25’ - 30’ Int.- Adv. Entry at Restless Sea parking for wreck diving: SS Celia, (1906), a lumber ship N of Pt. Joe; Paul (1896), a livestock carrier (yes, the animals were saved), S of Pt. Joe. Many early mariners crashed on these rocks possibly believing they were near the entry to Monterey Bay.CHINA ROCK From here to Point Joe Chinese fishermen camped in lean-to tents in the late1800's to early 1900's.BIRD ROCK HUNT COURSE Formerly an equestrian hunt and steeplechase course. Usedin the 1920's for Cavalry riding and sabre practice.BIRD ROCK Cormorants, pelicans, gulls and numberless shorebirds rest here, as do harborseals and California sea lions.SEAL ROCK PICNIC The dynamic sea, seabirds, seals, sea lions, otters, Monterey Peninsula scenery, and lot and lots of fresh air make a perfect picnic spot.FAN SHELL BEACH This is a favorite haulout and play area for harbor seals. They also pup here, closing the beach from April 1 to June 1.CYPRESS POINT 20’ - 70’ Int. - Adv. Entry at Tidewater Cove turnout for wreck diving: SS Flavel (1923), a lumber ship just off the 15th Tee of Cypress Point Golf Course; SS JB Stetson (1934), a cargo carrier. Sponges, nudibranchs, and gorgonian corals are abundant. TheCYPRESS POINT LOOKOUT is good for seasonal whale watching, and there are often a dozen or more otters resting in the kelp.THE LONE CYPRESS The very symbol of the Pebble Beach Company is this 250 year-old Monterey Cypress perched on a rock above the crashing sea. This must-see landmark is the icon of fortitude.LINGCOD REEF 20’ - 60’ Beg. - Adv. Boat or kayak entry to a mile-long rocky reef full of giant kelp. Colorful anemones, sponges and algae covers everything. Fishes include sculpin, rockfish, monkeyface eels, and lingcod. Underwater arches offshore of Castle House (high tower, pink house).OCEAN PINNACLES (PESCADERO PINNACLES) 10’ - 130’+ Int. - Adv. Boat or kayak dive to thick kelp bed straight off of Castle House. Divers see blue rockfish purple hydrocoral, sea stars, and pelagics, including Medusa jellyfish.EAST PESCADERO PINNACLE 55’ - 130’+ Int. - Adv. Boat or kayak dive amongst thick kelp. This pinnacle is an extention of Pescadero Pt. which consists of granite pinnacles with cracks and walls covered with pink and purple hydrocorals, nudibranchs, anemones and sea stars. Sea lions play here.STILLWATER COVE 10’ - 60’ Beg. - Int. Shore, boat or kayak access to rocky and sandy bottom with giant bull kelp and elegant feather boa kelp. The beach area is notably polluted with runoff, but beyond the rocky islets the water is fabulous. Parking at Cove is handy, but parking spaces fill up fast. To shore dive get permission at (831) 625-5836. Dive E of pier only.CARMEL BAY ECOLOGICAL RESERVE Pescadero Point to Granite Point in Point Lobos. No taking of invertebrates. Fin fish hunting okay.COPPER ROOF HOUSE 10’ - 60’ Beg. - Int. Beach entry by Scenic Rd. and Martin Ave. in front ofa house with a green copper roof. Palm kelp lives on pinnacles offshore. Sea otters and harbor seals rest here.BUTTERFLY HOUSE 15’ - 50’ Beg. - Int. Beach entry near Scenic Rd. and Stewart Way in frontof the "Butterfly House". Rocky underwater with small caves and thick kelp is a fishy area with a wide variety. Caution: S swell brings in big surf.CARMEL RIVER 10’ - 50’ Beg. - Adv. Carmel River Beach entry to reefs and pinnacles amongstkelp. Colorful anemones and sponges host sculpin, greenling, rockfish, and gobies. Caution: Exposed.CARMEL MEADOWS 20’ - 40’ Int. - Adv. Beach entry near 80 steps at Bibera Rd. and Cuesta Way. Area has good kelp forest with lots of rocks. Brittle stars, rainbow nudibranchs, blue rockfish, lingcod, cabezon abound. Leopard sharks come in late winter and spring. Caution: Steep and deep trench.MONASTARY BEACH 10’ - 100’+ Int. - Adv. Enter at N end of beach to shallow area (20’ - 40’)with rocky reef and kelp. Canyon wall is very steep and drops into abyss. Overhangs are popular for hunting. Caution: Steep and deep with waves.MONO-LOBO 40’ - 120’ Int. - Adv. Boat dive to ledge area at 40’ depth. Ledges formwalls which descend to 100’ +. Many nooks and crannies host scallops, cabezon, strawberry anemone, orange sponges, purple hydrocoral, and all kinds of rockfish.POINT LOBOS STATE RESERVE Nothing may be taken or disturbed. Diving only in designated area on North side of reserve. Diving, boating, or kayaking by permit only. Park rangers issue permits. Ranger: (408) 624-4909
Point Lobos State Reserve is a separate map within a map and side 1 of Franko’s Map of Monterey. It is a zoom-in showing all of the roads and trails around the State Reserve as well as the dive spots, which are often regarded as some of the best in the world. The dive spots described on the map are as follows:GRANITE PT. PINNACLES (WHALING WALL) 30’ - 130’ Int.- Adv. Open water diving with sea lions, corynactis anemones, hydrocorals, sheepcrabs and blue rockfish.COAL CHUTE COVE (THE PIT) 20’ - 40’ Int. - Adv. Caves and crevices are habitat for invertebrates including white stinging cave sponges. Fin-tugging harbor seals like to surprise divers.GRANITE POINT WALL 40’ - 80’ Int. - Adv. This is a granite wall with fissures. Large parallel walls to Nothwest has giant kelp. Cabezon and lingcod nest here. There are numerous fish and invertebrates.WHALER’S COVE 20’ - 45’ Beg.- Adv. Easy access from boat ramp. The middle reef is comprisedof conglomerate “Carmello” rock. This giant kelp forest has many pockets for rockfish and invertebrates.CANNERY POINT WALL 20’ - 70’ Int.- Adv. Three parallel walls are teeming with colorful invertebrates. Wolf eels cruise in the cold waters. Also, there are lingcod,rockfish, senoritas, cabezon and sea lions.CANNERY POINT 10’ - 40’ Beg.- Int. Easy access at boat ramp to shallow, thick kelp forest and harbor seal rookery. Rich in marine life, and extremely beautiful, especially on a sunny day.CANNERY PT. PINNACLES 10’ - 130’ Int.- Adv. Boat dive or swim to vertical walls and boulders.Cup corals, strawberry anemones, and huge green anemones compete for space. Sharks in the deep.BLUEFISH WALL 10’ - 110’ Int.- Adv. Boat dive to sheer granite wall and pinnacles thatextend beyond kelp forest. Invertebrates include hydrocorals and yellow sponges. Occasional dolphins.BLUEFISH COVE 40’ - 100’ Adv. Boat dive to thick kelp. Extremely dense marine life includes nudibranchs, anemones, colorful sponges, cabezon, and copper rockfish. Photogenic. Caution:Can be surgy or rough.GIBSON BEACH 15' - 60' Int. - Adv. Boat dive south of reserve boundary only. Huge rocks and sandy patches host all kinds of fish, colorful invertebrates, hydrocorals and sea lions.
The rules and regulations of Point Lobos are noted as follows:POINT LOBOS STATE RESERVE DIVING: Nothing may be taken or disturbed. Divingonly in designated area. Diving by permit only. Boating/Kayaking by permit only. Parkrangers issue permits. Ranger: (408) 624-4909
Side 2 of Franko’s Map of Monterey is a zoom-out view to show the area from the Northern edge of Big Sur, up through Monterey, around Monterey Bay and on past Santa Cruz.  The two-mile deep Monterey Canyon is shown in visually stunning descending hues of Franko’s favorite colors - ocean blues.  It looks as if you can see right through the water into the vast Monterey Canyon. A further zoom-out showing the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary accentuates the underwater bathymetry of the region, from San Francisco Bay to San Simeon State Beach.  Also on side two, there are zoom-ins of Monterey Harbor, which details everyone’s need to get around downtown Monterey and Cannery Row, plus the Wharf area; plus Moss Landing and Elkhorn Slough, which includes this biologically rich 6-mile long slough, the beach and harbor.  Kayakers will especially like this detail.  It also shows Franko’s wildlife depictions, otherwise known as biological interpretive data.  Scuba diving sites from end to end in this area are shown with descriptions of what might be found down there.  Camping sites are shown, with reservation info, in case you want to stay inexpensively and in the most fun fashion.The dive sites on this side of the map are described with these words:SEACLIFF BEACH 5’ - 35’ Beg. – Int. Beach entry to sandy area with generally poor visibility, but hunters enjoy this dive for the halibut, cojo salmon and steelhead. Divers also see bocaccio, surfperch, topsmelt, skates, sand sole and starry flounder.CAPITOLA PIER 25’ - 65’ Int. - Adv. Boat dive to reefs 1 mile offshore. The bottom around the reefs is sandy, but kelp rises off the rock. Gamefish abound, plus sheep crabs and abalone.SOUTH ROCK 85’ - 110’ Adv. Boat dive to deep pinnacle and big rocks full of kelp forest creatures, including scallops, big lingcod, bat rays, cabezon, and various rockfish.ANI’S REEF 50’ - 70’ Int. - Adv. Boat dive to rocky reef with beautiful covering with straw-berry anemones, plus scallops, lingcod and cabezon.POINT SANTA CRUZ 20’ - 70’ Beg. - Adv. Rocky kelp forest with good visibility. Many nudibranchs, anemones, big sunflower stars, cabezon, lingcod and halibut.SLAUGHTERHOUSE REEF 60’ - 85’ Adv. Boat dive to rocky reef full of invertebrates,scallops, lingcod, red snapper, and cabezon.YANKEE POINT 60’ - 120’+ Adv. Boat dive to huge granite pinnacles ½ Mi. offshore from Yankee Pt. This is the exact midway point between Southern and Northern California. Divers find chestnut cowries, nudibranchs, crabs, anemones and sponges, plus ocean sunfishGARRAPATA STATE PARK 0’ - 120’ + Beg. - Adv. Divers have several rocky shore entries at several locations along 4 miles of park including:MILE MARKER 67 (30’ - 60’ depth)WATERFALL BEACH (By Mile Marker 66) (to 60’ depth)MOBY LING COVE (By cypress trees)SOBERANES POINT (S End of Moby Ling Cove)LOBOS ROCKS (15’ high rocks in 100’ deep water at Moby Ling Cove)REVERSE COVE (Hwy 1 turnout S of Soberanes Point) These dive sites feature varied rocks, reefs, walls, lush kelp forests, all kinds of invertebrates, and gamefish. Migrating gray whales passnearby. Caution: Currents, surge and big swells prevail.DIABOLO PINNACLES 20’ - 100’+ Int. - Adv.Boat dive to pinnacle with kelp, rose anemones, purple and hydrocorals. Fish include cabezon, lingcod, and ocean sunfish. There are also large lion’s mane jellyfish. Caution: Strong currents and boat traffic.VENTURA ROCKS 0’ - 120’+ Int. - Adv. Boat dive to two pinnacles that break surface, plus one pinnacle that tops out at 20’ depth. A huge sheer wall is covered with colorful anemones. These craggy pinnacles have scallops and nudibranchs. White plume anemones reside in a cave. Caution: Swells and current.
Yours truly has camped at some of these sites, which are list on Franko’s Map of Monterey:MONTEREY AREA CAMPINGCalifornia State Parks Camping Reservations: (800) 444-7275NEW BRIGHTON STATE BEACH (831) 685-65004 Mi. S. of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1 (831) 464-6329SEACLIFF STATE BEACH (831) 685-65005 Mi S. of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1/Trailers & RVs onlyMANRESA UPLANDS STATE BEACH (831) 761-179512 Mi S. of Santa Cruz/Walk-in tents onlySANTA CRUZ KOA (831) 722-055112 Mi S. of Santa Cruz/RVs/Tents/CabinsSUNSET STATE BEACH (831) 763-706316 Mi S. of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1/TentsMOSS LANDING STATE BEACH (831) 384-7695Self-contained motorhomes, one night onlyMARINA DUNES RV PARK (831) 384-6914Privately owned/RVs onlyVETERANS MEMORIAL PARK (831) 646-3865Skyline Forest Dr./Primitive camp sites/RV’s to 21’LAGUNA SECA RECREATION AREA (831) 755-4899RV's & Tents/Showers/9 Mi. E on Hwy. 68SADDLE MOUNTAIN (831) 624-1617Carmel Valley Rd. 4 Mi. to Shulte Rd./Tests & TrailersFERNWOOD CAMPGROUND (831) 667-242224 Mi S of Carmel on Hwy. 1/RV's & Tents/AmenitiesBIG SUR CAMPGROUNDS & CABINS (831) 667-232226 Mi. S of Carmel on Hwy. 1/RV's & Tents/AmenitiesCARMEL-BY-THE-RIVER RV PARK (831) 624-9329Next to Saddle Mountain/RV Hookups/ShowersANDREW MOLERA STATE PARK (831) 667-231521 Mi. S of Carmel on Hwy. 1/Primitive camping
Monterey Harbor has a beautiful, colorful map all of its own, showing the viewer his or her way around the downtown area, cannery row, the Monterey Recreation Trail, kayak rentals entries, bike rentals, historic sites, the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, parks, streets, and dive spots. In fact, the Coast Guard wharf/pier area is one of the most commonly dived spots in the world, because it is easy, interesting, handy and a perfect beginner checkout dive. The following captions provide an idea of what is depicted on this detail of Monterey Harbor:
Hopkins Marine StationHOPKINS RESERVE & DEEP REEF 10’ - 40’ & 60’ - 90’Beg. - Adv. beach or boat dive within marine studies refuge. Big granite deep is a boat dive with white anemones and wolf eels. Reserve boundary is from 3rd St., Pacific Grove to Aquarium,from mean high tide mark to 60’ depth. No marine life may be take without permit issued by HopkinsMarine Station.MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM World-class aquarium, inspires conservation of the oceans through exhibits and programs. It has a fabulous, huge California kelp forest aquarium, jellyfish exhibits, and a wonderful oceanfront view of wild sea otters.A Taste of Monterey Wine tasting visitors centerAquarium ReefMcABEE BEACH (MEXICAN RESTAURANT) 10’ - 50’ Beginner beach dive into kelp forest filled with crayola colorful invertebrates. Small abalone survive in cracks despite otters. Wolf eels cruise around the sunken SS Gipsy steamship (1905). Near El Torito Restaurant.DOC RICKETTS MARINE RESERVE San Carlos Beach to Monterey Bay Aquarium to a depth of 60’.MERTRIDIUM FIELD 50’ - 60’ Int. Swim from San Carlos Beach by following pipes N ofentry to big 3’ diameter pipe, follow to end and 50’ beyond to shale outcropping that has abundant large white plumed mertridium anemones.Bay Bikes Bike rentalsAB Seas KayaksWildlife Paddling on Monterey Bay and Bikes.THE PIPES Old cannery pipes at 15' - 40’ depth serve as underwater guide to point divers tothe Mertridium Field just 50’ beyond big pipe.Monterey Bay Marine SanctuaryVisitors CenterBREAKWATER COVE (CG WHARF) 10’ - 60’ Beg.- Int. San Carlos Beach entry is common open water check-out dive. Sandy along wharf with sand dollars, sea pens and lots of anemones. Patchyreef to West with kelp bed. Breakwater has many fish and invertebrates including shrimp.WHARF #2 5’ - 30’ Int. - Adv. Dive E side only amongst colorful anemones andother invertebrates on pilings. Sheep crabs and octopus. Harbormaster permission req'd.Coast Guard PierBoat LaunchAB Seas KayaksGlenn's Aquarius II Dive ShopDEL MONTE BEACH 10’ - 40’ Beg. - Int. Beach dive over sandy bottom and shaleoutcroppings with some kelp. Good student dive spot.Sport FishingBay BikesBike rentalsFisherman's Wharf Glass Bottom Boat, Whale Watching Tours, Monterey Bay Sailing, Live Theatre, Good Food, Shops.Maritime MuseumConference CenterMonterey Sports Center Gym & pools.Monterey Bay Kayak Rentals, tours, sales, classes.Monterey Visitors CenterVizcaino-Serra Landing Site1st Brick HouseCalifornia's 1st TheatreBoston StoreMonterey State Beach
Franko’s detail of Elkhorn Slough shows one of California’s most fantastic bird watching areas, and it must be one of the world’s greatest places for a day-paddle in a kayak or canoe. Elkhorn Slough’s detail is beautiful on the map, but it is indescribable really, because it is so dynamic with wildlife. Every minute is different than every other minute. This is a whole destination in itself. It is fortunate that two kayak centers are located at Moss Landing at the mouth of Elhorn Slough. Monterey Bay Kayaks and Kayak Connection can both set you up. But you have to take this map with you! Here are the captions from Franko’s Elkhorn Slough map detail:MOSS LANDING and ELKHORN SLOUGH This historic fishing village is the gateway to California's second largest marine wetland. The wetlands host sea otters, harbor seals and over200 species of migratory birds. It is a kayaking and bird watching paradise.Sensitive Area: The slough is important to the survival of sea otters, harbor seals and birds, whichare feeding and resting here. It is critical that we do not disturb them. Please keep a respectful distance (100’ or at least 8 boat lengths).Rules & Regulations for Low Impact PaddlingLaunch and Land at designated sites only.Slough is day-use only.Do not step on the marsh or mudflats.Leave nothing behind (zero trash).Paddle in open areas only.Do not disturb wildlife - Elkhorn Slough is part of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.Protect the natural resources.No collecting.Directions to Kirby Park: On Hwy. 1 go 4.3 mi. North of Moss Landing,turn east onto Salinas Rd., Go 1.2 mi.Werner Rd., Turn right and go 0.2 mi. to Ekhorn Rd., Turn right and go 0.8 mi. To fork in road, stay right and go 2.3 mi. To Kirby Park. There is free parking and a launch ramp.

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