Zmudowski State Beach
Zmudowski State Beach is a beach near Moss Landing in Monterey County, California, United States, operated by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. It 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.
The beach is named after Watsonville schoolteacher Mary Zmudowski, who donated it to the State of California in the 1950s. It is pronounced "mud-OW-ski;" the Z is silent.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Zmudowski State Beach
- "SeeMonterey:Zmudowski State Beach". Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Retrieved April 30, 2009.
- Zmudowski State Beach at California Department of Parks and Recreation website
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