North County and Around Sights


Batiquitos Lagoon

Batiquitos Lagoon Review

Development has destroyed many of the lagoons and saltwater marsh wildlife habitats that used to punctuate the North County coastline, but the 610-acre lagoon has been restored to support fish and bird populations. A stroll along the 2-mi trail from the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation Nature Center along the north shore of the lagoon reveals nesting sites of the red-winged blackbird; lagoon birds such as the great blue heron, the great egret, and the snowy egret; and life in the mud flats. This is a quiet spot for contemplation or a picnic. Free docent tours are offered on weekends. Take the Poinsettia Lane exit off I–5, go east, and turn right onto Batiquitos Drive, then right again onto Gabbiano Lane.

Updated: 05-16-2014

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