Agua Hedionda Lagoon Ecological Reserve


The 186-acre Agua Hedionda Lagoon Ecological Reserve consists of lagoon, salt marsh, and mudflat habitats. Many species of water-associated birds have been recorded in the area and the immediate environs. Mammals, amphibians and reptiles also use this parcel and its riparian and chaparral habitats.

The property was acquired to protect southern willow riparian forest and salt water marsh habitats. It was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 2002.

For more information, call the South Coast Region San Diego office at (858) 467-4201.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing

This ecological reserve is adjacent to or shares marine habitat with a Marine Protected Area (MPA). For the public use regulations for MPAs, see Section 632, Title 14, CCR.

Activities: wildlife viewing

NOTE: Visitors are responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations pertaining to the use of Department lands.

Please refer to the Public Uses on State and Federal Lands section of the Waterfowl, Upland Game, and Public Use Regulations (PDF)Waterfowl, Upland Game, and Public Use Regulations (PDF)(opens in new tab) booklet for both statewide and property-specific regulations.

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South Coast Region (Region 5)

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