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Agua Hedionda Lagoon

Aqua Hedionda Lagoon Kayaking 

Agua Hedionda Lagoon is a saltwater wetland that provides excellent year-round paddling opportunities. Outdoor enthusiatics flock to the lagoon every year to go  kayaking. Whether you want to fish, go boating, enjoy water sports, bird watch, or just build a sand castle with the kids, you'll find what you're looking for here.  Whether you’re paddling a kayak or canoe,  Agua Hedionda Lagoon offers new discoveries for paddlers who have an appreciation  of ocean treasures. 

 The lagoon features a sandy beach to launch your canoe or kayak from. Paddlers can use this area to offload their watercraft and gear.  Due to distance, paddlers are encouraged to use carts or wheels.

This  tranquil preserve has  miles of hiking trails,  an abundance of bird species for bird watchers and plenty of water activities to wet your whistle. The outer lagoon contains 66 acres and offers shore fishing.  The middle lagoon contains 27 acres that is home to the YMCA Aquatic Park.The 295 acre inner lagoon offers boating, SUP boarding, jet skiis, canoeing, sail boats, and kayaking. Permits and rules and regulations must be followed.

Paddling the lagoon is best at high tide when numerous streams appear bringing a multitude of waterfowl and wildlife.  The tide comes in and out of the lagoon the same as the ocean tide. In order to use tides and currents to your advantage, you need to calculate the time when they turn, and when they will be at their highest or lowest point.   Recreational and commercial uses are permitted within the Agua Hedionda Lagoon  which is unique among San Diego County lagoons. All vessels (except non-powered ones launching at the passive use area) require a launching facility permit. Fishing is permitted only in the designated "Passive Use" area in the lower east end of the lagoon due to an invasive algae. Agua Hedionda Lagoon allows boating, kayaking, water skiing, canoeing, wake boarding, SUP boarding, personal watercraft use, sailing, windsurfing and fishing

Jan Feb Mar Apr Jay Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 68 68 69 73 74 78 85 85 83 79 73 69
Low 44 48 50 53 58 61 65 66 64 58 50 45

 Bayshore Drive public access is open all year from sunrise to sunset.

The lagoon facilities consist of boating, (boats must be 21 feet or less), wave runners, sailing, wake boarding, power boating, waterskiing, windsailing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, peddle, kayak and canoe, rentals, running water, flush toilets, outdoor showers, and picnic tables. No dogs on the beach. The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Book

There are only 50 designated parking spaces, but you can unload your kayak and park along the street and walk down the steep hill to the launch area at Snug Harbor Marina.  

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