FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where does the San Diego River run?
The 52-mile long San Diego River originates near Santa Ysabel in East San Diego County and runs down to the El Capitan Reservoir, and then through Lakeside, Santee, and Mission Valley. The River drains into the Pacific Ocean at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach. For more information on the River and what's around it check out our River Tour brochure.
What is the San Diego River Park Foundation doing for the River?
We are dedicated to creating a river-long system of parks, open spaces, and community places which celebrate the River's unique natural and cultural legacy and enhance our quality of life. We are also working to bring people together for a healthy river with our RiverWatch, River Ambassador, and Clean and Green Team volunteer programs.
How can I help?
There are many ways to get involved: come out and volunteer with us, donate, or sign up for our free monthly e-mail newsletter to get the latest information on the San Diego River and the River Park Foundation. Another great way to help is to register your Vons, Ralphs, Albertsons, and Macy's cards to donate-at no charge to you-each time you shop.
Why is the River so dirty?
The biggest contributors to the San Diego River's condition include urban runoff from surface streets and freeways, which flows directly into our river and other waterways; the low flow balance of the river; and neglect, from illegal dumping, trash, and other debris.
Can I kayak and fish in the San Diego River?
Absolutely! Take your kayak out and enjoy the beauty of the river system at Lake Murray or Lake Cuyamaca. You can fish in many places including Mission Trails Regional Park. Watch for private property and any wildlife preserves which may have restrictions. El Capitan Reservoir is also a terrific place for recreation. .
What are non-native plants?
Non-native plants are any plant species that is not originally from here. Some non-native plants are: palm trees, eucalyptus trees, arundo donax, salt cedar, iceplant, wild radish, Russian thistle, crown daisies, and nasturtiums
Why are non-native plants bad for the San Diego River?
Non-native species, including chrysanthemum, iceplant, arundo, and tamarisk, pose a risk to the San Diego River and its wildlife. These exotic species displace beneficial natives, on which native wildlife rely for food and habitat, and also typically consume a more water, leaving less for animals and other plants. Non-native plants are in many cases not as fire-resistant as native vegetation.