Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

Recreation and Activities

Agua Hedionda Lagoon is unique among San Diego County lagoons as it supports sustainable and responsible recreation on and around the lagoon. Hikers, boaters, fishermen, and all other visitors are encouraged to be respectful of the laws, permits, and signage created to protect our lagoon for future generations.


Be aware of the white buoys! The white buoys crossing the Lagoon immediately west of the Bayshore Drive separate the Powerboat Area from the Passive Use Area. The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Ecological Reserve is located adjacent to the Passive Use Area, east of the Bayshore Drive walk-in access. Help protect this ecosystem by obeying the rules governing the Passive Use Area.

The white buoys along the North Shore mark a vessel transit corridor. It is unlawful for powerboats to travel on the shore side of these buoys except when transiting from one area. Do not exceed speeds of 5 mph.

In order to operate any vessel on Agua Hedionda Lagoon, the vessel must meet certain requirements and the owner must purchase either an annual or daily Lagoon Use Permit from the City of Carlsbad. Powerboats must obtain a launching facility permit. Permit applications, vessel requirements checklist, and watercraft regulations are available online on the City of Carlsbad Parks & Park Planning Department website.

Permits and paper copies of applications and other documents may be obtained by mail or in person at the
Monroe Street Pool Office
3401 Monroe St
Monday-Friday 10:00am to 6:45pm

For more information please call (760) 602-4685.


All California Fish and Game Laws must be observed and are enforced. An ocean (vs. freshwater) fishing license is required for anyone 16 years and older. Fishing from the shoreline or from a passive vessel is limited to the passive use area(s). Fishing from a power vessel is limited to the power use area(s).

Enjoy and Explore the Carlsbad Coast