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Encyclopedia > San Pablo Bay
San Pablo Bay, shown with San Francisco Bay
San Pablo Bay, shown with San Francisco Bay
San Pablo Bay and the Carquinez Strait
San Pablo Bay and the Carquinez Strait

San Pablo Bay is a shallow tidal estuary that forms the northern extension of San Francisco Bay in northern California in the United States. It receives the waters of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, via Suisun Bay and the Carquinez Strait on its east end, and it connects to San Francisco Bay on its south end. The bay is heavily silted from the contributions of the two rivers, which themselves drain most of the Central Valley of California. At the Napa Sonoma Marsh San Pablo bay also receives the waters of Sonoma Creek , Petaluma River, and the Napa River, the latter of which flows into the Carquinez Strait via the Mare Island Strait near its entrance into the bay. San Francisco Bay © 2004 Matthew Trump File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... San Francisco Bay © 2004 Matthew Trump File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... San Pablo Bay, Carquinez Strait, and Suisun Bay © 2004 Matthew Trump, adapted from public domain NASA satellite photo File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... San Pablo Bay, Carquinez Strait, and Suisun Bay © 2004 Matthew Trump, adapted from public domain NASA satellite photo File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Rio de la Plata estuary Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Estuaries An estuary is a semi-enclosed coastal body of water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea. ... San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, and the Golden Gate San Francisco Bay is a shallow, productive estuary through which water draining approximately forty percent of California, flowing in the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers from the Sierra Nevada mountains, enters the Pacific Ocean. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The Sacramento River is the longest river in the U.S. state of California. ... The San Joaquin River, 330 miles (530 km) long, is the second-longest river in California, United States. ... San Pablo bay with Suisun Bay at upper right Suisun Bay (pronounced sue-soon) is a shallow tidal estuary located in central California of The United States of America. ... Carquinez Strait The Carquinez Strait is a narrow tidal strait in northern California. ... The Central Valley of California Part of the Valley as seen from overhead A typical Central Valley scene at ground level The Central Valley is a large, flat valley that dominates the central portion of the U.S. state of California. ... The Napa Sonoma Marsh is a wetland at the northern edge of San Pablo Bay, which is a northern arm of the San Francisco Bay in California, USA. This marsh has an area of 48,000 acres, of which 13,000 acres are abandoned salt evaporation ponds. ... Waterfall at Sugarloaf Mountain headwaters of Sonoma Creek Sonoma Creek is one of two principal drainages of Southern Sonoma County, California, with headwaters rising in the rugged hills of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and discharge to San Pablo Bay, the northern arm of San Francisco Bay. ... The Napa River, approximately 50 mi (80 km) long, is a river in northern California in the United States. ...


The bay is approximately 10 miles (16 km) across and has an area of approximately 90 square miles (240 square km).


The bay is shared between Contra Costa, Solano, Sonoma and Marin counties, the boundaries of which meet near the center of the bay. Communities on San Pablo Bay include San Pablo, Pinole, Hercules, Rodeo, Vallejo, Novato, and San Rafael. The city of Richmond is on the peninsula separating San Pablo Bay from San Francisco Bay. Contra Costa County is a suburban county in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... Solano County is a county located in central part of the U.S. state of California, about halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento and is one of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties. ... Sonoma County is on the north Pacific coast of California, in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. ... Marin County (pronounced mah-RIN) is a county located in the North San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. ... San Pablo is a city located in Contra Costa County, California. ... Pinole is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. ... Hercules is a city located in Contra Costa County, California. ... Rodeo (pronounced row DAY oh) is a census-designated place located in Contra Costa County, California. ... Vallejo (pronounced IPA: in English; in the original Spanish) is a city in Solano County, California, United States. ... Novato is a city located in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, in northern Marin County. ... San Rafael (IPA: ; originally IPA: ), is the county seat of Marin County, California, United States. ... Nickname: Coordinates: , Country United States State California County Contra Costa Government  - Mayor Gayle McLaughlin (G) Area  - City  52. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


The undeveloped portions of the periphery of the bay are plentiful with salt marshes and mudflats. The bay is a primary wintering stop for the canvasback duck population on the Pacific Flyway, as well as a migratory staging ground for numerous species of waterfowl. Much of the northern shore of the bay is protected as part of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. An Atlantic coastal salt marsh in Connecticut. ... Mudflats in Brewster, Massachusetts extending hundreds of yards offshore at the low tide. ... Binomial name Aythya valisineria (Wilson, 1814) The Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) is a larger-sized diving duck. ... The Pacific Flyway is one of the four major migration route for waterfowl in the United States, Canada and Mexico. ...


Endangered species that are found in the bay include the California brown pelican, California clapper rail, and salt marsh harvest mouse. Saltwater fishes found in the bay include striped bass, surfperch, sturgeon, starry flounder, leopard shark, topsmelt, and anchovy. The bay is a popular destination for recreation fishing. The Siberian Tiger is a subspecies of tiger that are critically endangered. ... Binomial name Pelecanus occidentalis Linnaeus, 1766 The Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) is the smallest of the eight species of pelican, although it is a large bird in nearly every other regard. ... Trinomial name Rallus longirostris obsoletus Ridgway, 1874 The California Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris obsoletus) is an endangered subspecies of the Clapper Rail (. It is found principally in Californias San Francisco Bay, and also in Monterey Bay and Morro Bay. ... Binomial name Reithrodontomys raviventris Dixon, 1908 The Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse (Reithrodontomys raviventris), also known as the Red-bellied Harvest Mouse, is an endangered rodent endemic to the San Francisco Bay Area salt marshes in California. ... For information on water from a sea or ocean, see sea water. ... Binomial name Morone saxatilis (Walbaum, 1792) The striped bass Morone saxatilis is a member of the temperate bass family native to North America but widely introduced elsewhere. ... Genera Amphistichus Brachyistius Cymatogaster Ditrema Embiotoca Hyperprosopon Hypsurus Hysterocarpus Micrometrus Neoditrema Phanerodon Rhacochilus Zalembius See text for species. ... Species See text. ... Binomial name Platichthys stellatus (Pallas, 1788) The starry flounder (Platichthys stellatus) is a common flatfish found around the margins of the North Pacific. ... Binomial name Triakis semifasciata Girard, 1855 The leopard shark, Triakis semifasciata, is a hound shark found in the coastal waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean, along the coast of North America from Oregon to Baja California. ... {{Taxobox classis = Actinopterygii | ordo = Clupeiformes | familia = Engraulidae | subdivision_ranks = Genera | subdivision = Amazonsprattus Anchoa Anchovia Anchiovella Cetengraulis Coilia Encrasicholina Engraulis Jurengraulis Lycengraulis Lycothrissa Papuengraulis Pterengraulis Setipinna Stolephorus Thryssa }} The anchovies are a family large but uncommon schooling saltwater plankton-feeding fish. ... Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish by hooking, trapping, or gathering. ...


China Camp State Park in San Rafael overlooks the bay on its southwestern end. China Camp State Park is a state park located in in San Rafael, California on the north eastern shore of Point San Pedro. ...


The bay was named after Rancho San Pablo, established by the Spanish settlers in 1815 on the site of the present-day city of San Pablo. A family of Russian settlers in the Caucasus region, ca. ... April 5-12: Mount Tambora explodes, changing climate. ... San Pablo is a city located in Contra Costa County, California. ...


The airspace above the bay is frequently used for flight training due to its proximity to Oakland International Airport and other local airports, but being outside of San Francisco's Class B airspace. Airspace means the portion of the atmosphere controlled by a particular country on top of its territory and territorial waters or, more generally, any specific three-dimensional portion of the atmosphere. ... Flight training is a course of study used when learning to pilot an aircraft. ... Oakland International Airport (IATA: OAK, ICAO: KOAK, FAA LID: OAK), also known as Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, is an airport located 4 miles (6 km) south of downtown Oakland in Alameda County, California. ... The world’s navigable airspace is divided into three-dimensional segments, each of which is assigned to a specific class. ...


Because of its great size but shallow waters, San Pablo Bay frequently has difficult boating conditions. The prevailing western wind meets strong currents both at Carquinez Straits and, at the opposite end of the bay, near the Richmond Bridge, to produce large waves, with few areas of retreats for most boats.


Popular Culture

San Pablo Bay is the setting of alternative rock band Primus' three-part song series "Fisherman's Chronicles," and is also referenced in "Toys Go Winding Down." It is also mentioned in The Minus 5 song "John Barleycorn Must Live." In Susan Choi's book, American Woman, which mirrors the Patty Hearst scandal of the 1970's, the Bay's waters are said to welcome main characters Jenny and Pauline home after they've traversed from the East coast. Primus is a Grammy-nominated American rock band formed in California in the mid-1980s. ... The Minus 5 began life as a side project from the Young Fresh Fellows Scott McCaughey who formed the band in 1993. ...


External links

  • USGS: Sediment Changes in San Pablo Bay
  • Gorp: San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • City of San Pablo: History of the Bay

Coordinates: 38°03′09″N, 122°24′22″W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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San Pablo Bay - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (383 words)
San Pablo Bay is a shallow tidal estuary that forms the northern extension of San Francisco Bay in northern California in the United States.
The bay is shared between Contra Costa, Solano, Sonoma and Marin counties, the boundaries of which meet near the center of the bay.
The undeveloped portions of the periphery of the bay are plentiful with salt marshes and mudflats.
San Francisco Bay - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1305 words)
San Francisco Bay is located in the US state of California, surrounded by a contiguous region known as the San Francisco Bay Area, dominated by the big cities San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.
The Bay covers somewhere between 400[1] and 1600[2] square miles (1040 to 4160 square kilometres), depending on which sub-bays (such as San Pablo Bay), estuaries, wetlands, and so on are included in the measurement.
San Francisco Bay is spanned by five bridges: the Golden Gate Bridge (which was the largest suspension bridge ever built at the time of its construction), the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, the Hayward-San Mateo Bridge and the Dumbarton Bridge.
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