Buena Vista Creek Ecological Reserve


The Buena Vista Creek Ecological Reserve is 148 acre property. Habitats include Diegan coastal sage scrub, southern arroyo willow riparian forest, coastal and valley freshwater marsh, and non-native grasslands. Several bird species are present.

The property comprises part of an important habitat linkage between the Cities of Carlsbad and Oceanside and was acquired for conservation and enhancement of riparian habitat and adjacent uplands. The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in2007.

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

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing

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)

San Diego County

City of Carlsbad, east of Buena Vista Lagoon and El Camino Real. South side of Hwy 78, east of I-5.

Access: Hwy 78 to El Camino Real to Haymar Dr.

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