Huntington Harbour is a 3,500-person hamlet in Orange County, California, located in the northern area of Huntington Beach. Huntington Harbour is a 680-acre (280-hectare) residential complex with five man-made islands and boating waterways ranging in depth from 15 to 20 feet (4.6 to 6.1 meters). Admiralty, Davenport, Gilbert, Humboldt, and Trinidad are the five man-made islands in Huntington Harbour.
The development of Huntington Harbour began in 1963 at a cost of $200 million. The harbors and peninsulas are built on the former wetlands of the Sunset Bay Estuary. They were demolished by dredging and filling in order to make way for the new community.
Huntington Harbour is bounded on the south by the 1,200-acre (4.9-kilometer-square) Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and on the north by the 5,256-acre (21.27-kilometer-square) Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.
The Huntington Harbour Yacht Club, which has roughly 300 members, was founded in 1965. During the summer, the club provides sailing training to underprivileged youngsters.
- Admiralty Island: This development features 90 single-family homes, virtually all of which have water views.
- Davenport Island has 227 home plots, with an equal number of on-water and off-water lots.
- Gilbert Island, bounded to the west by Admiralty Island and to the east by the Main Channel, has 100 housing plots, two-thirds of which are on the water.
- Two-thirds of the 335 residences on Humboldt Island are on the water with views of Christiana Bay.
- Trinidad Island: This is the most opulent of the islands.
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In Huntington Harbour, there are five “Mother’s beaches” where local families bring their children to play in the sand and swim in the shallow water by the shore. Kayakers and paddle boarders, as well as swimmers who can enjoy long-distance swims unaffected by waves and currents, use these beaches as access points to the harbour. Because of Huntington Harbour’s relative shallowness, 15-20 feet (4.6-6.1 m) when compared to the ocean, the harbor is normally three to four degrees warmer in summer and three to four degrees cooler in winter. [Citation required] Boat navigation is restricted to no wake speeds of 5 mph (8.0 km/h). The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Huntington Harbour Police and Huntington Beach Marine Fire Rescue patrol the harbour.
Rowers from the Southern California Scullers Club (SoCal Scullers) train everyday on the main channel of Huntington Harbour, ranging from middle schools to Olympic gold medalists.
A boat procession through the rivers takes place in December. During this season, there is also a “Cruise of Lights” fundraising in which tour boats cruise along the channels viewing the adorned homes.
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