The Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary has closed to all boat traffic—including paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes—until March 31. The annual closure protects tens of thousands of migratory ducks, geese, and shorebirds while they refuel for their journeys south.
The closure is mandated by an ordinance of the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency. Approximately 900 acres of bay waters are covered by the ordinance, extending south from the edge of The Cove apartment community to the tip of Strawberry Point, east to Belvedere, and north to Blackie’s Pasture. Sanctuary boundaries are designated by buoys and marked pilings.