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Marin Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Marin Islands National Wildlife Refuge
MARIN ISLANDS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
MARIN ISLANDS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
In San Pablo Bay off the coast of
San Rafael, California

Phone: 707-769-4200
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Marin Islands National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1992, and is managed as part of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex. It is located in San Pablo Bay off the coast of San Rafael in Marin County, California. Two islands (East Marin and West Marin) form the core of the refuge; surrounding submerged tidelands also are part of the refuge.

West Marin Island, rises 85 feet above the bay's waters and supports the largest heron and egret rookery in the San Francisco Bay area. Nesting species include great egrets, snowy egrets, great blue herons, and black-crowned night herons. East Marin Island, a former vacation retreat, now supports a variety of introduced and native plants and provides critical nesting material and rest sites for the nearby colony.

Submerged tidelands support a variety of resident and migratory water birds such as surf scoter, black oystercatcher, diving ducks, and osprey. Refuge objectives are to protect migratory species, including the heron and egret nesting colony, protect and restore suitable habitat for the colony, and protect the tidal mud flats and unique island ecosystem.


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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 7 A Great Park! by riyashirur
After doing an ecology project about the Marin Islands with a few of my fellow classmates, we have come to understand all the efforts that go into making a refuge successful. We kindly thank you for your efforts in supporting this refuge.


Area Campgrounds
Audiss RV Park
820 Kains #108
Albany, CA
510-525-3435
Golden Gate Trailer Park
2000 Redwood Highway
Greenbrae, CA
415-924-0683
Marin Park Inc
2140 Redwood Highway #J1
Greenbrae, CA
Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Backyard Garden Oasis BB - Middletown, CABBs / Inns
Close to Calistoga, Napa Valley and Lake County Vineyards, and Harbin Hot Springs in the Mayacama Mountains, and 2 hrs away from San Francisco or Sacramento. Backyard Garden Oasis is an exquisite respite for those wanting a nature-filled retreat surrounded by some of Californias most beautiful country.
57 miles from park*

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Directions
The refuge is closed to the public. Both islands consist of steep hills and sheer cliffsides and are covered in poison oak. They are closed to the public for safety purposes.

Call San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge at 707-769-4200 for more information.

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Marin Islands National Wildlife Refuge
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