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Ballona Creek, Marina del Rey

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Ballona Creek is an 8.8mi waterway in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, whose watershed drains the Los Angeles basin, from the Santa Monica Mountains on the north, the Harbor Freeway (I-110) on the east, and the Baldwin Hills on the south. It heads in the historical Rancho Las Cienegas and flows through Culver City and the Del Rey district before emptying into Santa Monica Bay between Marina del Rey and the Playa del Rey district.HistoryDuring the Pre-Columbian era, Tongva people existed as hunters and gatherers in small villages throughout the Ballona Creek watershed and other parts of the Los Angeles basin. Native American culture and land management practice was disrupted by the arrival of Spanish explorers.In 1769, the Tongva met their first Europeans when Portola expedition came through on its way north. Continuing west after crossing the Los Angeles River, diarist Fray Juan Crespi noted that the party "came across a grove of very large alders...from which flows a stream of water...The water flowed afterwards in a deep channel towards the southwest". Researchers identified the place as the headwaters of Ballona Creek. The explorers made camp nearby on August 3.
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  • I live right near Ballona Creek. It is great to bike ride on. It is really nothing more than a bike path. Some jog and walk there and I don't think that wise. This area is known for predators waiting ...  more »
  • Of course, the fence takes and all bans give one to understand that this is something Marina del Ray spent a lot of money on to create. For the bird-interested, it is possible to see some species wort...  more »
  • Imagine my surprise when it turned out that the signs prohibit access to pedestrians. I was not too worried, because I needed to get on foot in the direction of Santa Monica. Despite this, zaryzykowałam. The road is actually intended for bikes and joggers, few people there niches on foot and a little scared of these rozpędzonych cyclists, but I had no choice. The route is quite boring and monotonous, there is little you can watch. The only thing worth mentioning is that next to route water reserve, the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reservat, with unique flora and fauna, however, in the more humid times of the year. Out of everything and so it was dry. The area is fenced and protected.
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  • Saw many creatures such as: stingrays,fish,crabs and dragonflys.
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