miles north of the San Diego Natural History Museum, the Batiquitos Lagoon and Ecological Reserve is a 610-acre coastal wetland habitat in
north San Diego County situated between Carlsbad and Encinitas.
as an ecological reserve in 1983, Batiquitos
Lagoon boasts of several habitat types
including intertidal mudflats, coastal salt marshes, nesting areas, open water,
and sub-tidal zones.
In 2012 the
eastern portion of the lagoon was designated as a State
Marine Conservation Area (No-Take);
this designation allows for marine and estuarine waters to be set aside to
conserve and protect marine life and habitats. Wading, swimming, boating, horseback
riding, and biking are not permitted in the conservation area. However, a 2.5-mile
out and back hiking and walking trail along the lagoon’s northern edge is an
easy way to explore the natural diversions of this protected reserve.
Did you know? Native Americans have resided around
Batiquitos Lagoon for at least 8,000 years. Almost 200 prehistoric sites have
been identified around its shoreline.
PHOTO CREDIT: City of Carlsbad