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TheSan Diego-La Jolla Underwater Parkspans 6,000 acres (24km2) of ocean bottom and tidelands.

The parks four distinct habitats (rocky reef, kelp bed, sand flats, and submarine canyon) make it a popular destination for snorkelers and scuba divers.

The park was created by the Cityof San Diego in 1970 and actually has two other parks within it: the "look but don't touch" Matlahuyl State Marine Reserve and the San Diego Scripps Costal State Marine Conservation area

San Diego Scripps Coastal

San Diego Scripps Coastal State Marine Conservation Area encompasses the Scripps Pier at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and was established back in 1929 as an academic research area. Recreation and fishing for pelagic bait fish with hook and line are permitted in the MCA.


The Matlahuyl State Marine Reserve was established in 1971 and has since been expanded to a total of 533 acres (2.2 km2). No fishing or scavenging is permitted within the reserve.  The more recent designations took effect in 2012.


A 30-foot (9.1 m) by 75-foot (23 m) lithocrete map of the underwater park was completed in September 2008 at La Jolla Shores beach. It was located near the boardwalk between the restrooms and the children's play area at the south end of Kellogg Park. (It fell apart due to construction defects and an entirely new version is being completed by the Friends of La Jolla Shores and the Munk Foundation and will be installed in the near future.  (contact Mary Coakley Munk for further details.)

Additional information

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Judith Lea Garfield 
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