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.


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Dogs On Leash
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Dogs Voice Control
Horseback Riding
Kayak Canoe

Know Before You Go

  • 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.