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Redwood Creek begins high on Mt. Tamalpais, flowing down the mountain through the ancient redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument before meeting the Pacific Ocean at Muir Beach. This place where the creek meets the sea was once home to thriving stream, lagoon, and dune ecosystems.
However, a century of farming and development had moved the creek from its natural alignment, filled it with sediment, and disconnected it from its floodplain. As a result, the whole system no longer functioned the way it was supposed to. In particular, it could not accommodate high winter storm flows, which flooded local roads and put the young endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout that live there in peril.
In 2009, the Parks Conservancy and National Park Service launched a multi-year project to repair this past damage and re-create a self-sustaining system. Completed in 2014, the 46-acre project improved habitat for endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout, established breeding habitats for threatened California red-legged frogs, decreased flooding on nearby roads, and made several improvements to visitor access and interpretive experiences.
Thousands of people have been active stewards at this site, studying ecosystem changes, counting juvenile coho salmon, searching for frog egg masses, planting native species, removing weeds, tracking river otters, and more. Learn about our regular drop-in volunteer program and how you can be a part of Muir Beach’s bright future!
This project would not have been possible without the support of partners such as the San Francisco Zen Center and the community of Muir Beach. In addition to donations from thousands of individual community members, the restoration of Muir Beach received support from: