Carlsbad Lagoon Highlights
The Agua Hedionda Lagoon is located in Carlsbad north of Cannon Rd, and east of Carlsbad Blvd. The ocean inlet for the lagoon is located at the jetties south of Carlsbad State Beach. The wetlands is unique among San Diego County lagoons, in that recreational and commercial uses are permitted; yet it is a healthy, tidal body, with a large wetlands supporting several endangered species.
The City of Carlsbad regulates boating on prescribed portions of the inner Agua Hedionda Lagoon, where Carlsbad Watersports operates a recreational facility. West of I-5, the YMCA operates Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA Aquatics Park. Also in this part of the wetlands, two aquaculture facilities enjoy the tidal health of the lagoon—a white seabass research facility jointly managed by Hubbs/Seaworld and California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) and a commercial mussel growing facility.
Currently, fishing is allowed only in the designated “Passive Use” area in the lower east end of the lagoon due to an invasive algae. Anchoring is prohibited in the entire lagoon. Should this restriction be changed to allow fishing, the following will apply:
1. All California Fish and Game Laws must be observed and are enforced. An ocean (vs. freshwater) fishing license is required for anyone 16 years and older.
2. Fishing from the shoreline or from a passive vessel is limited to the passive use area(s).
3. It is unlawful to cast fishing lines into any vessel transit corridor or into the traffic pattern of boats and skiers.
The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation manages a 3,800 sq. ft. Discovery Center, with educational displays, a native garden, scheduled lectures and foot access to the wetlands and the Agua Hedionda Lagoon.
Tuesday through Friday 10 – 4PM
Saturday & Sunday NOON – 4 PM
Public Access – Bayshore Drive
Public access to the passive use area is subject to the following regulations year round:
1. Open for walk-in traffic only, from sunrise to sunset. It is unlawful to drive a motorized vehicle on a public access when posted for walk-in traffic only.
2. Only passive vessels with a valid lagoon use permit may be launched at the Bayshore Drive public access.
The City reserves the right to limit the type of vessel and aquatic uses of the lagoon. The following are not allowed on the lagoon:
2. Hovercraft (except for official use).
3. High profile cabin cruisers.
4. Motorized surfboard-like vessels.
5. No aircraft shall land or takeoff from the water or public shoreline and public accesses.
6. No aquatic vessel races, ski meets, vessel parades or other aquatic special events are allowed except as authorized by a special events permit obtained pursuant to Chapter 8.17.
7. No permanent mooring of a vessel.
8. No swimming or wading except in conjunction with other permitted activities.
9. This section does not apply to the lagoon owner and/or its representative, the state, county, city, or other political subdivision of the state
Non alcohol. Any person under the influence of alcohol or drugs or otherwise disturbing the peace shall be prohibited from engaging in recreational activities on the Agua Hedionda Lagoon and could be subject to arrest.