San Lorenzo River Tour

The San Lorenzo River flows from the Santa Cruz mountains and enters the Monterey Bay beside the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Photo courtesy and © of Chuck Perez, Slow Adventures.
The San Lorenzo River flows from the Santa Cruz Mountains and enters the Monterey Bay beside the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Photo courtesy of and © Chuck Perez, Slow Adventures.

Read the stories that will help you get to know the San Lorenzo River.
The San Lorenzo River will take you from the Pedestrian Bridge near Highway 1, along willow lined waterways, past cultural hotspots and end where the river meets the sea at the Boardwalk. This three mile walking tour has ten stops that will reveal hidden pockets of biodiversity, early settlor history and some of the river’s watershed secrets. This tour was made possible by the Coastal Watershed Council (CWC). It is one component of the CWCs vision to have the San Lorenzo River become a healthy watershed connected to a vibrant community. We highlight a few stops below but the main content can be found in the mobile app or read in blog form at the bottom of this page.

A screen shot of the stops and the interactive map feature in the self-guided mobile tour.
A screen shot of the stops and the interactive map feature in the self-guided mobile tour.

The San Lorenzo hosted the “Venetian Water Carnival” for decades. Long Live Queen Anita!

Queen Anita's Barge and Gondolas, Venetian Carnival, Santa Cruz, June, 1895
The main stage, gondolas, and floats for the Venetian Water Carnival.
Picture courtesy of and © Santa Cruz Public Library.

Look out for the many critters that make their homes in and around the San Lorenzo River.

Snowy Egret. Photo courtesy and © Vivienne Orgel
Snowy egret. Photo courtesy and © Vivienne Orgel

Nearing the mouth of the river, discover the balancing act of the needs for public safety and flood control.

 The San Lorenzo River lagoon was breached in 2014 as waters threatened the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Photo courtesy of and © Dan Coyro / Santa Cruz Sentinel.
The San Lorenzo River lagoon was breached in 2014 as waters threatened the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Photo courtesy of and © Dan Coyro / Santa Cruz Sentinel.

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Go to Mobile Ranger Guides in the Apple App Store
Go to Mobile Ranger Guides in the Google Play Store

Can’t get to the San Lorenzo River? No Problem.
Read the stories below: blog-style!

About The Author

Coastal Watershed Council

The Coastal Watershed Council is a nonprofit organization formed in 1995 in response to the declining health of watersheds in the Monterey Bay region. Our mission is to preserve and protect coastal watersheds through community stewardship, education and monitoring.

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