Sanctuary Boat Closure

The Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary waters are closed to boats from October 1 to March 31 every year.

The Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary waters are closed to boat traffic and in-water activities, including kayaking and paddle boarding, from October 1st through March 31st each winter.

The Richardson Bay Regional Agency issued Ordinance 92-1 in order to protect the birds utilizing the sanctuary.

Migratory ducks, grebes, loons and shorebirds use the Bay for re-fueling on their journeys south, or while they over-winter right here in Bay Area. Due to its critical importance to these birds, Richardson Bay has been designated as an Important Bird Area by Bird Life International, and the National Audubon Society.

Boundaries (see map above):
Approximately 900 acres of bay waters are covered, extending from the edge of the Cove housing complex to the tip of Strawberry Point, East to Belvedere and North to Blackie’s Pasture. The Sanctuary boundaries are marked with signs on pilings and buoys.

No boats, including non-motorized boats such as kayaks, paddleboards, canoes or sailboats are allowed within the Sanctuary waters during this crucial season for migratory birds. Even a kayak paddling slowly through can flush hundreds of birds. We are asking for your assistance to allow these birds to rest and build the critical calories they need to continue on their long migration journeys.


Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Eared Grebe, Horned Grebe, American Coot, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Surf Scoter.

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