Google Earth image of Morro Bay. Notice the relatively small connection to the open ocean at the top of the picture.

  Model predictions for the Morro Bay tidal response. The local tide in Morro Bay lags by about 25 - 35 minutes from that of the open ocean, and is reduced in almplitude by about 0.5 feet. This is primarily the result of communicating with a large area reservoir through a narrow channel.