A true Conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.

– James John Audubon


The Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Foundation is currently working to finalize the updated Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Enhancement Plan in early 2017.  Once completed, an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be prepared for compliance under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  Stay tuned for more details and your chance to review the EIR and other documents prepared for CEQA compliance.


  • Los Peñasquitos Lagoon is a dedicated State Marsh Natural Preserve, affording it the highest level of protection within California.
  • Los Peñasquitos Lagoon is a 574-acre coastal estuary that evolved from a large, depositional river valley with fringing marsh. The Lagoon receives drainage from a 60,000-acre watershed comprised of three primary sub-drainages: Carmel Valley, Los Peñasquitos Canyon and Carroll Canyon.
  • Los Peñasquitos Lagoon and its adjacent uplands are home to 49 sensitive species that include 35 plants, 1 insect, 6 reptiles, and 5
  • Los Peñasquitos Lagoon also serves as an important refuge for migratory birds using the Pacific Flyway and is the closest coastal estuary providing essential fish habitat to support the La Jolla State Marine Conservation Area (ASBS #29) and San Diego-Scripps State Marine Conservation Area (ASBS #31) located just south of the Lagoon.

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Torrey Pines State Reserve, Calif.
As of 10:10 am PDT March 5, 2019
Temp: 15.2 °C
Humidity: 79 %
Wind: 5 km/h
Pressure: 1016.0 hPa

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