Carmel River Lagoon

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Carmel River Lagoon. Image: ESA

The Carmel River Lagoon is located on the Central Coast of California, at the end of the 255 square mile Carmel River Watershed [1]. During high flows the sand bar at Carmel River State Beach is breached and the lagoon empties into Carmel Bay, part of the federally protected Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary [2].


The Central Coast Watershed Studies team (CCoWS) has produced several reports on the Carmel River Lagoon:


The lagoon stage in feet is listed on this page.


  1. California State Parks
  2. Lower Carmel River and Lagoon Floodplain Restoration Project



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