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Horseshoe Cove

Click here for Biodiversity Survey findings

Horseshoe Cove is located in the North Central Coast region of California, within the Bodega Head State Marine Reserve. This site is also located in an Area of Special Biological Significance (Bodega Bay Head ASBS). This moderately sloping site consists of moderately uneven terrain, containing few cracks and folds.

Horseshoe Cove biodiversity survey overview

Horseshoe Cove is dominated by consolidated granite (Salinian Block), and the area surrounding the site is comprised of a mixture of consolidated bedrock, boulder fields, cobble beach, and sandy beach. The primary coastal orientation of this site is south.

Biodiversity Surveys were done in 2012 and 2018. The Biodiversity Survey grid encompasses one section that is approximately 30 meters (along shore) x 25 meters (seaward). Click here to view Biodiversity Survey findings at this site.

Horseshoe Cove was also sampled in 2007 as part of a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). Photo plot and motile invertebrate surveys were done as part of the NRDA.

For more information about Horseshoe Cove, please contact Pete Raimondi (

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