The Freshwater Marsh is a restored wetland that was previously filled and farmed for decades. Now it is a flourishing marsh filled with native plants providing habitat for more than 250 species of migratory and resident birds. This marsh is one of Los Angeles’ birding hot spots! Birders often come from miles around to see the great biodiversity that exists here. Furthermore, it collects and naturally cleans the stormwater runoff from nearby streets and neighborhoods. The perimeter L-shaped wood-chip trail is open to the public from dawn to dusk. Parking is available along the southwest side of Jefferson Blvd. Leashed dogs are allowed on the public trail. Tours meet at the large purple sign just before Lincoln Blvd.
Take a self-guided tour utilizing the interpretive signage along the path, or join one of our docents on a free behind-the-scenes tour! We offer tours 3 times per month, on the first Sunday, and second and fourth Saturdays (except holidays and rainy days). See our calendar for the next tour.
For our monthly free tours, groups of 8 or more need to register in advance. Please email or call 310-306-5994.
Want to schedule a private outing for a scouting group, club, or other organization? Please fill out the form below. Contact Patrick Tyrrell or call 310-306-5994 with questions.
A record of all birds seen at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh and Riparian Corridor is located here. We have been documenting the birds here with the help of Expert Volunteers since this freshwater wetland system was restored.