Beginning Date: 2009
Completion Date: Ongoing

Located at the mouth of the Redwood Creek at Muir Beach, this 46-acre project site was the most disturbed area of the Redwood Creek Watershed. More than a century of landscape modifications for agriculture, recreation, and construction had filled the creek bed with sediment, altering fish habitat in the tidal lagoon.

This landscape-level restoration project, which included the reconfiguration of the parking lot, was designed to bring back natural function to the creek, freshwater wetlands, intermittent tidal lagoon, and dunes.

Since 2009, NPS and Parks Conservancy staff have worked together to improve habitat for endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout, maintain habitat for threatened California red-legged frogs, decrease flooding on nearby roads, and create a self-sustaining ecosystem that requires minimal future intervention.

Over 20,000 native wetland and upland plants—grown at the nearby Redwood Creek Nursery—are planted by school, community, and corporate volunteer groups each year. These native plant communities will help prevent further erosion and create important habitat for native wildlife.

Muir Beach aerial

Project Highlights:

  • Connecting the recently excavated new creek channel with the old creek bed.
  • Decommissioning the Levee Road to restore the natural function between the creek and floodplain.
  • Installation of a new 235-foot pedestrian bridge in 2011, leading visitors from the parking lot to the beach and Coastal Trail.
  • Permanent parking lot reconfiguration to reconnect the creek to its floodplain.
  • Construction of a new Pacific Way Bridge and adjacent, multi-use, and accessible trail.
  • Realignment of the Coastal Trail south of Muir Beach to inhibit erosion.
  • Installation of new bathroom and other visitor amenities near the existing parking lot.
  • Control of two acres of noxious, non-native Harding grass, uphill of the Middle Green Gulch Trail.

The restoration of Redwood Creek and the surrounding watershed is made possible by generous donations and grants, as well as the efforts of nearly 1,000 volunteers each year. Visit our volunteer page to learn how you can help with the ongoing stewardship of the Redwood Creek Watershed.

Redwood Creek Watershed: Vision for the Future:

Now in its second printing, "Redwood Creek Watershed: Vision for the Future" details the desired conditions and vision for the watershed’s resources, ongoing goals, partnerships, and key resources in accomplishing this vision:


Key Contributors

  • Cosco Busan Trustee Council (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, California State Lands Commission, California Department of Fish and Wildlife)’
  • California Wildlife Conservation Board
  • California State Coastal Conservancy
  • California Department of Parks and Recreation
  • United States Department of Transportation
  • National Park Service Recreational Fee Program
  • Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy members