Chorro Creek Willows

Tips for Birding

Boots are needed for walking on the muddy trail and in the creek.

Birds of Interest

Check for Black-headed Grosbeak, Cassin's and Hutton's Vireo, and warblers such as Nashville, Black-throated Gray, Wilson's and Yellow. Look for Steller's Jay, Varied Thrush, Green Heron, Great Horned Owl. 

About this Location

Gated entrances into this large willow complex are at two locations along South Bay Boulevard: 

One is the dirt lot .25 mile south of Quintana Road. This small parking area is located on the east side of South Bay Boulevard as you travel from Los Osos to Morro Bay.

The other gate is also on the east side of South Bay Boulevard, coming from Los Osos. It is .15 mile south of State Park Road junction and has no parking. 

One can however park on State Park Road and walk under the bridge that spans South Bay Boulevard to arrive at that "no parking" gate, which leads to the old paved group campground road and to "Turtle Rock Trail." If crossing South Bay Boulevard on foot to reach these spots watch for traffic, cyclists, and keep to the edge of the road shoulder.

About Morro Bay State Park

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Morro Bay State Park is located 13 miles west of San Luis Obispo, on the Central Coast. The park features lagoon and natural bay habitats. On the lagoon's northeastern and eastern edges, there are saltwater and brackish marshes that support thriving bird populations. Two of the Nine Sisters chain of volcanic peaks leading from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay, Black Hill & Cerro Cabrillo, are within park boundaries. Black Hill has a trail winding through dense stands of Monterey Pine trees and offers a panoramic view of the greater Morro Bay area at its summit. Cerro Cabrillo has even more trails to explore all along its base.

The park offers several recreational opportunities such as kayaking, fishing, hiking, bird watching & wildlife viewing. Explore the many trails within the park, each offering unique habitat and scenic views. The Morro Bay Campground offers over 140 campsites for tent camping, recreational vehicles, and group camping. Located within Morro Bay State Park is the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History (entrance fee).

The diverse vegetation in 2,700-acre Morro Bay State Park includes grasslands, freshwater riparian, saltmarsh, and coastal sage scrub habitats. The bay is an important stop on the Pacific Flyway, providing seasonal feeding grounds for more than a hundred species of migratory birds, sometimes numbering in the thousands. Morro Bay is listed as an Audubon Important Bird Area.

Features

  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

  • Roadside viewing

Content from Morro Bay State Park Official Website, Morro Bay State Park brochure, and Petra Clayton

Last updated December 21, 2023