• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking towards San Francisco at sunrise.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

Restoration of Redwood Creek at Muir Beach Progress

The Restoration of Redwood Creek at Muir Beach has been going on since 2009. Here is a summary of what has been accomplished so far.

2009 (Phase 1):

  • Restored 2 acres of floodplain and a new 0.4-acre tidal lagoon to provide coho salmon and steelhead trout habitat
  • Removed a portion of the parking lot and removed artificial fill to restore the floodplain
  • Created a pond for breeding California redlegged frogs
  • Planted native riparian and wetland plants

2012 (Phase 2):

  • Constructed 550 feet of the new creek channel, along with a 300-foot tributary and a 150-foot side channel, to provide habitat for young coho salmon and steelhead trout

2011 (Phase 3):

  • Completed the new stream channel alignment and routed flows through the new creek for the first time • Created two new backwater habitats and an off-channel pond for coho salmon and steelhead trout
  • Removed 1,000 feet of an old levee road to reconnect the floodplain and prevent fish stranding
  • Constructed a 225-foot pedestrian bridge over the floodplain that will allow natural creek and wetland processes to occur while providing visitor access from the parking lot to the beach

2012 (Phase 4):

  • Ongoing restoration, including removing invasive plant species and planting native vegetation
  • Planning and community engagement for restoration and site improvements planned for 2013, including the re-alignment of the parking lot, extension of the pedestrian bridge, the installation of a trail along Pacific Way and to the beach, creation of a new picnic area, signage and other visitor amenities.

2013 (Phase 5) - Pending the ability of project partners to secure adequate funds, plans for 2013 include:

  • Rotate the parking lot so that it no longer obstructs flows across the floodplain
  • Extend the pedestrian bridge another 225 feet to reach the new parking lot
  • On-going native plant revegetation and invasive species management (learn about volunteer opportunities here)

Did You Know?

Photo of a comorant drinking seawater.

Seabirds such as gulls, cormorants, and other seabirds can drink salt water? Excess salt is then excreted through a “salt gland” located near their eyes.