Santa Venetia Marsh Preserve

Part of the Las Gallinas Creek delta, the endpoint of a Terra Linda watershed.

Rangers Recommend

  • Local residents hike, bike, jog, or walk their dogs along the 1.2 mile trail atop the levee.
  • As you travel the path across the 33-acre preserve, imagine the marsh diked and filled as it was in the early in the 1900's. When outer levees were breached, tidal flows resumed, reviving pickleweed and saltgrass habitat.
  • Dogs welcome. Dogs must be leashed on trail, and under voice command on fire roads, with leash readily available.

Naturalist Notes

  • This small salt marsh provides habitat for sensitive species like the Ridgeway's Rail and salt marsh harvest mouse.
  • Northern harriers, white-tailed kites, and red-tailed Hawks search the levees for voles and other rodents.
  • This is one of the few places in the county where the pygmy blue butterfly can be found.
  • Check out the iNaturalist field guide. Add your own observations.

Activities

biking
Bike
dog on leash
Dogs On Leash
dog voice
Dogs Voice Control
fishing
Fish
hiking
Hike
horse
Horseback Riding
kayaking
Kayak Canoe

Know Before You Go

  • Due to COVID-19 pandemic, visitors must maintain six feet of social distance, and carry a face covering to wear when necessary.
  • Stay on roads and trails to preserve sensitive ecosystems and to avoid trespassing on private property.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. Trails can be muddy during rainy season.
  • Bring water.
  • If launching a kayak, watch tides. Currents can be strong.
  • There are no restrooms at this location.
  • Steer clear of poison oak.
  • After an outing, check for ticks.