Buena Vista Lagoon

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Buena Vista Lagoon
Buena Vista Lagoon.jpg
A marker at Buena Vista Lagoon
Location San Diego County, California
Coordinates 33°10′11″N 117°21′11″W / 33.1696660°N 117.3531612°W / 33.1696660; -117.3531612Coordinates: 33°10′11″N 117°21′11″W / 33.1696660°N 117.3531612°W / 33.1696660; -117.3531612
Type Inlet
Primary outflows Pacific Ocean
Surface area 223 acres (90 ha)
Surface elevation 0 ft (0 m)
Settlements Carlsbad
References GNIS[1]

Buena Vista Lagoon is a coastal inlet of the Pacific Ocean in the South Coast region of Southern California within North County, San Diego County.

The lagoon covers 223 acres of wetland habitat and serves as a geographic border between Carlsbad and Oceanside. Buena Vista Lagoon is managed by the California Department of Fish and Game.[2]

Flora and fauna[edit]

The lagoon harbors at least 103 bird species, 18 mammals, and 14 amphibians and reptiles. Buena Vista also serves as a valuable wetland habitat for migrating bird species during the fall months.[2]


Motorists feed birds at Buena Vista Lagoon, 1975. Photo by Charles O'Rear.