While kayaking in Carlsbad Lagoon might seem desirable, in reality it might not be! The lagoon is more of a lake with views of Interstate 5 and the surrounding hills. You might be lucky enough to grab the occasional glimpse of some fish that decided to swim into the lagoon, but that's about it. Instead, explore the La Jolla Ecological Reserve on a kayaking adventure! You’ll have the chance to see the beauty of La Jolla and it’s rich marine life, and explore inside the Clam Cave; one of La Jolla’s Seven Sea Caves.
Watch sea lions sunbathing on the rocks, and see our California State fish, the bright orange Garibaldi, swimming under your kayak in La Jolla Cove. On the way back you’ll have the opportunity to surf your kayak back to shore.
Throughout the tour, your guides will be making sure you’re safe and having fun. No experience is required, and safety is our primary concern. Entry into the cave depends upon the ocean and weather conditions, but is just one small part of this amazing tour. Either way, you'll have the ability to enjoy and learn about the natural beauty of La Jolla Cove!
The Agua Hediona Lagoon, known to locals as the Carlsbad Lagoon, is a recreation area with hiking, fishing, and water sport adventures. Driving through Carlsbad on the Interstate 5, you can usually people enjoying the beach and waters of the lagoon. Until the 1950’s, the Carlsbad lagoon was not connected to the ocean, so it was filled with foul-smelling, stagnant water, which is why its name translates to “Smelly Water” in Spanish. Today, the lagoon is maintained by the Encina Power Station, which ensures that it remains a good habitat for the tidewater goby, a small fish that only lives in California lagoons.
The Carlsbad Lagoon is a popular place for fishing, but keep in mind that anyone who is 16 years old or older needs a fishing license, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is very attentive to the area. If you want to fish without a license, the Carlsbad Lagoon is only a 15 minute drive from the Oceanside Pier, where a fishing license is not required.
If you drive north along Highway 101, the road turns into Carlsbad Boulevard. Look East into the lagoon, and you’ll see dozens of rows of floats bobbing on the surface of the water. That’s the Carlsbad Aquafarm, and underneath each of those floats are clams and muscles which you can find at the Top Choice Fish Market in Carlsbad.
There are plenty of exciting activities that can be experienced here. Things to do at the Carlsbad Lagoon include jet skiing, paddle boating, aqua cycling, and power boating. You can do stand up paddle boarding on the Carlsbad Lagoon, but the wake from the power boats and jet skis can make it difficult to balance on a board. If you’re looking for a great beginner experience, come to La Jolla and join us for a paddle board lesson.