Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

Welcome to the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

Our mission is to inspire people through education and outreach to preserve the Agua Hedionda Lagoon as an accessible and healthy watershed.

More About the AHLF

Welcome to the Wonder of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon

This 400-acre lagoon is home to a wide array of flora and fauna and invites us to appreciate our water resources through such uses as a YMCA day camp, recreational boating, a mussel and oyster aquaculture facility, a white-sea bass hatchery, and a power generating plant. It connects us to a greater world in so many ways.

Come join the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation in our work to preserve and protect this valuable resource.

Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

Established in 1990 as a non-profit 501C(3) corporation, the mission of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation is:

  • to preserve, restore and enhance the Agua Hedionda Lagoon and its wildlife, marsh, wetlands and watershed areas.
  • to protect sensitive land through acquisition or other means.
  • enhance public stewardship of the Lagoon through a broad spectrum of conservation, education and outreach activities.

The Foundation serves as an advocate for the Lagoon and strives to preserve its natural healthy ecosystem and habitat including wildlife and marine life, while at the same time balancing the need for public access, trails and recreational opportunities.


Discovery Center

What's to discover?

Anything and everything about the Agua Hedionda Lagoon and related water, wildlife and environmental issues. The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center is a nature center dedicated to environmental education and outreach. We are located on the eastern end of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon estuary and wetland area in Carlsbad. The 3800 square foot building was completed in October 2004 and began hosting public programs and outreach activities in 2005.

Owned and operated by the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, the Discovery Center houses exhibits and displays which pertain to historical and environmental aspects of the Lagoon. In addition, the Discovery Center hosts numerous festivals, lectures, seminars and programs throughout the year.