Agua Hedionda Lagoon
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.
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.