About Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge in Imperial Beach, California
Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge is part of Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, a large protected area of wetlands south of San Diego. The beach in Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge starts at the southern end of Seacoast Drive in the city of Imperial Beach and continues south to the mouth of the Tijuana River. From the beach the view north looks at the Imperial Beach Pier and to the south is Tijuana, Mexico and even the Coronados Islands off the Baja Coast on clear days. At the end of Seacoast Drive is a boardwalk and a viewing platform that looks east over the refuge. From there you can walk the beach or a rocky trail through the dunes to remote places for viewing birds and other animals.
Access to the beach at TSNWR is from Seacoast Drive, but the rest of the Reserve can be accessed from Border Field State Park and from the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center located at 301 Caspian Way in Imperial Beach. Signs make it clear that the ocean water has sewage contamination in this area so don’t swim in the waves here.
- 1680 Seacoast Drive
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
- Park Name
- Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge
- National Wildlife Refuge
- Pet Details
- Dogs allowed on leash
- Wildlife Watching, Birdwatching, Hiking, Beach Walking
- Interpretive Trails, Visitor Center, Wetlands
The beach in front of the estuary is a good one and feels remote. The visitor center is not next to the beach though and that’s the main reason to visit the refuge. If you get to the end of Seacoast Road you can’t miss the viewing platform. Walk south on the trail from there to the remote beach. Lots of birds to see.