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Zmudowski Beach State Park
Zmudowski Beach State Park © Gary OToole
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The beach is a popular fishing area, featuring perch, kingfish, sole, flounder, halibut, bocaccio (tomcod), jacksmelt, lingcod, cabezon, salmon, steelhead and occasional rockfish.

The beach features the Pajaro River estuary, where a natural preserve has been set aside.

The sandy beach is also popular with bird watchers and equestrians. Horses are only allowed near the waterline. Swimming and water sports are hazardous because of strong rip-currents.
History of the Area
Located in Monterey County, California, the park is named after Martin Zmudowski - a Polish immigrant and local farmer. Established as a state beach in 1950 by Governor Earl Warren, it spans over 140 acres of land. The area was previously inhabited by Ohlone Native Americans before European settlement occurred. Today it's popular for fishing, bird watching and picnicking with facilities including parking lots and restrooms provided.

- Zmudowski Beach Loop Trail: A 1.5-mile loop trail, easy difficulty level, offers views of the beach and ocean.

- Pajaro River Estuary Nature Walk: An approximately one mile long walkway along the river estuary; provides opportunities for bird watching.

- Dune Boardwalk Path: Short wooden boardwalk through sand dunes leading to a viewing platform with panoramic vistas of Monterey Bay coastline.

- Wetlands Observation Deck Route: This short path leads you from parking lot area towards an observation deck overlooking wetland habitats; ideal spot for wildlife enthusiasts.

- Coastal Bluff Hike Waypoint : Unmarked but well-trodden pathway that runs parallel to shoreline offering stunning coastal scenery; length varies depending on how far hikers choose to go.

- Fishing Access Point Track : Roughly half-a-mile track providing access points for fishing in Pajaro River mouth ; not strictly a hiking route but can be used by walkers too.

- Birdwatching Spur Trails : Several small offshoots from main trails lead into more secluded areas perfect for quiet contemplation or observing local avian species up close ; lengths vary between few hundred yards each .

Note that some paths may overlap or intersect at various points within park boundaries allowing visitors flexibility in planning their own routes based on personal preferences and physical capabilities .

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The beach is located 20 miles northwest of Monterey off Highway 1. Take Stuve Road and turn to Giberson Road.
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