The Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad, California - Surprises Await

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Looking out over the end of the lagoon as it passes under the Coast Highway and joins the ocean - Jeff Dowler

California Watersports at the Aqua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad - Jeff DowlerCarlsbad is blessed with three lagoons - the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, the middle one, is the busiest. Located between Tamarack and Cannon, this lagoon offers surprises many don't know about. I certainly didn't. And I pass by the lagoon often during the week, either along the coast road (Route 101) or on the freeway. 

READ MORE: A Walk Along the Batiquitos Lagoon

The most obvious feature of the lagoon, which has 3 bodies of water, is the Encina Power Plant (owned by NRG), which can be seen for miles. And this is also the site of the planned desalination plant that has been so controversial for a number of years and is due to be operational in 2010 (delivering 50 million gallons of water per day).

The Encina Power Plant at the Aqua Hedionda Lagoon - Jeff DowlerBut there are some interesting tidbits about the Agua Hedionda Lagoon: 

  • It is the only one of the three to allow swimming and boating (I believe only in the area to the east of the railroad tracks)
  • The name means "stinking water"
  • The power plant was built in the early 1950s when Carlsbad was incorporated (1952) and much dredging has occurred to enable the lagoon to provide enough water flow for the power plant and also to maintain the marine life
  • A second power plant has been proposed (to replace the current one) but controversy remains about the location. While the proposal is for the adjacent site, the new plant does not need water so detractors proposed it be moved far inland. No decision expected until later 2009 or 2010.
  • The Carlsbad Aquafarm is located in the lagoon (their website is under construction) producing 300,000 pounds of mussels and 1 million oysters to local distributors and area restaurants (I understand that the owner can be found at the Santa Monica Famer's Market and Hollywood Farmer's Market each week with his oysters and other seafood - Read Eat, Drink and Be Merry). They also produce clams and abalone
  • The floats holding up the farm (easily seen from the coast road) provide resting and roosting places for many local California Brown Pelican
  • On the north side of the lagoon is a fish hatchery for white sea bass (350,000 per year I understand are released in to the ocean) operated by the Hubb-Seaworld Research Institute

The Aqua Hedionda Lagoon seen from The Bluffs in Carlsbad - Jeff DowlerThe middle body of water was acquired by the Magdalena Ecke YMCA and turned into an aquatic part. Fishing is allowed and the park is using for kayaking, camping and swimming. 

The inner part of the lagoon is home to California Watersports, just down the hill from the new condos at The Bluffs and within view of Ocean Pointe. Folks can enjoy kayaking, wakeboarding, jet skiing and waterskiing. 

A small cove at the far east of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, Bristol Cove, is a popular residential area - folks can own waterfront condos with their own boat docks at pretty affordable prices considering the cost of most waterfront properties.




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Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
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Jeff - You provide so much wonderful information in every post.  I don't know how you find the time.  I know you've had a very busy week showing property and attending meetings.  You are my Active Rain hero!


Feb 20, 2009 07:16 PM #1
George Souto
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Jeff the last lagoon that you posted about, the Batiquitos Lagoon, in the picture it looked like a small body of water, but this picture make this lagoon look like a fairly large body of water. As you can probably tell I am still trying to get a grip on what these things look like:)

Feb 21, 2009 03:22 AM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Marlene - well I have learned alot so it's easy to share. And I work too many hours!

George - actually the Batiquitos lagoon is about 1 mile longer, perhaps longer, so it's a pretty good size. These are lake-size, not ponds.


Feb 21, 2009 11:29 AM #3
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