Garrapata Creek Watershed Council

Joshua Canyon looking towards the west from coast ridge. Photo courtesy: Keith Vandervere, 2009


Our goal: To improve the health of the Garrapata Creek watershed through community involvement, teamwork and education.

What's Happening?


   Garrapata Creek flows year-round. It starts in the Los Padres National Forest in the Santa Lucia Mountains. It flows across public and privately owned land as it joins with Wildcat Creek and Joshua Creek before emptying into the Pacific Ocean at Garrapata Beach State Park  (9.7 miles south of the Rio Road and Highway One in Carmel). Our watershed is approximately 10.6 square miles in size.

   A group of concerned residents, owners and land managers in the our watershed have gathered together to help support the environment surrounding the stream. We value the sparkling, cool, clear water in our creek and the spectacular natural setting that make this a unique spot. We are learning ways in which all of us together can improve the water quality now and for the future. We organized ourselves into a community-based group called the Garrapata Creek Watershed Council. This group is made up of all owners, residents, property managers and others interested in the health of the creek and its tributaries. Our first general meeting was held June 3rd 2000. We usually have one General Meeting a year. Next meeting is planned for summer 2010; more details later.

   We continue to learn more about the condition of our creek through creek walks and inviting educational institutions like C.S.U.M.B. to conduct student projects that help us and the students. We have installed stream gauges to measure the flows of the creek.

In our watershed plan we learned that roads in the watershed can be improved in order to reduce impacts on our steelhead and also reduce road repair costs. We are in the final stages of finishing an upslope erosion reduction project that upgraded almost 14 miles of private and public roads. We are just about done working on the county section of Garrapatos Road (located off Palo Colorado Road). We had to wait until the end of the rains before we could reschedule the work. The only job left is to install a few flex pipes from the new dips; that work should be completed by 2nd week of August 2010.


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This page was last updated on 14 August, 2010