Matsalu Bay (Estonian: Matsalu laht) is a bay in Lääne County, Estonia; the bay is part of Väinameri.[1]

Matsalu Bay
Matsalu Bay

The bay's area is 67 km2.[1]

The bay and its coast area is under protection (Matsalu National Park).[1]

The bay is one of the most important wetland bird areas in Europe, due to its prime position on the East Atlantic Flyway. Large numbers of migratory birds use Matsalu as a staging area.[2] Every spring over two million waterfowl pass Matsalu, of which around 1.6 million are long-tailed ducks.[3][4]

Coordinates: 58°45′36″N 23°35′49″E / 58.76000°N 23.59694°E / 58.76000; 23.59694


  1. ^ a b c "Matsalu laht - Eesti Entsüklopeedia". (in Estonian). Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  2. ^ Couzens, Dominic (2009). Top 100 Birding Sites of the World. University of California Press. pp. 50–52. ISBN 978-0-520-25932-4.
  3. ^ "Matsalu National Park". Official home page. Retrieved 2007-10-01.
  4. ^ "West-Estonian plains: Migratory birds and the Matsalu Nature Reserve". Estonica. Archived from the original on 2002-02-25. Retrieved 2007-10-01.