The Pea Soup Andersen Wind Mill is located near the Aqua Hedionda Lagoon at the south end of Carlsbad. It is one of the two major lagoons in this city. The other, Buena Vista, is at the north end.
Agua Hedionda Lagoon is unique as it is a healthy tidal bed with a large wetlands supporting several endangered species and also premits recreational and commercial use.
Carlsbad Aquafarm is a commercial growing facility for mussels. Hubbs-SeaWorld has a research facility and seabass nursery. Several aquatic sports, such as sailboarding, kayaking, sail boating, power boating and jet skiing are available in various areas of the lagoon in keeping with efforts to maintain ecological balance.
Buena Vista Lagoon is at the northern end of Carlsbad. The watershed begins on the western slopes of San Marcos Mountains, turns into a lagoon and ends at the Pacific Ocean. It is 21 square miles and follows inland for more than 10 miles.
At this lagoon you'll find the Ecological Reserve which offers Nature tours. While driving around parts of the lagoon, I saw hikers and people on bikes and I know that it is a favorite for birdwatchers and those who like to take nature walks.
**Note: The phone number given is for the Ecological Reserve
Driving road S21 via Carlsbad you pass a few lagoons.
A lagoon is an area of sea/ocean water seperated from the sea/ocean by a reef (= a line of rocks and sand).
Hmm... lagoons of Carlsbad look like small lakes rather.
BATAQUITOS LAGOON ECOLOGICAL RESERVE - - -
There is a lagoon in south Carlsbad. You might end up driving by Bataquitos while passing through North County on I-5 on your way towards LA. It's the large lagoon between Leucadia and Carlsbad's Village area. Recent work is aimed at restoring the lagoon to make it better for nature and neighborhood environments.
The project is well along, and you can take a hike along the north side of the lagoon. From the parking lot, signs will direct you past the Lagoon FoundationÂ’s small office building and onto the trail. As this is a tidal area, you may be close to the water and the many shorebirds or maybe not. (Check the tide tables for high tides to see the birds up close.) A series of information stanchions tell the story of the lagoonÂ’s natural features.
The first trail section is open. As you walk along the dirt path you'll enter a stand of eucalyptus trees. A side trail joins in from a different parking lot, then as you continue east youÂ’ll walk close to the Aviara golf club. If your concept of hiking includes a cool margarita or even lunch while overlooking the lagon, step through the gate, walk 50 feet and thereÂ’s civilization, a fine restaurant and bar in the golf club house. Or keep on walking, with more shade and lots of flowers, past the golf course to where the trail enters from the easternmost parking lot. Someday the trail may continue further around the lagoon, but now it stops here. This hike is perhaps one hour and 1.5 miles round trip.
Keeping a close watch on this area is the Bataquitos Lagoon Foundation. They conduct frequent guided hikes, so call them for information and membership at 760-431-5640.
DIERECTIONS: I-5 north to Carlsbad and right on Poinsettia. Turn right at Bataquitos Drive, go to Azure Cove, turn right (see the sign) and drive to the parking lot at the lagoon. Walk in past the Lagoon Foundation's office and continue along the path. Or enter from El Camino Real just north of the La Costa resort onto Aviara Parkway. At Bataquitos Drive, turn left (south) toward the golf club. YouÂ’ll see two parking lots with maps, information kiosks, and trails down to the lagoon.