Located in the San Fernando Valley near the intersection of the 101 and 405 Freeways, the 2,000-acre Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area is a flood control basin managed by the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks. Features include two parks, an 80-acre sports field, an archery range, three 18-hole golf courses, Balboa Lake with boat rentals and fishing, the Balboa Park and Sports Center, playgrounds, a velodrome, bike paths, hiking trails, tennis courts, a Japanese garden, an off-leash dog park, a premiere wildlife preserve, and the only unpaved stretch of the Los Angeles River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set aside the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve to protect native plants and animals. Over 200 species of birds have been seen in the basin. Many birds, attracted by the water, gather here year-round, and especially in the fall and winter. For more information on local species, bird sightings, and native plant management of the basin, please visit www.sepulvedabasinwildlife.org.
The San Fernando Chapter of the Audubon Society has Sepulveda Basin Bird Walks on the first Sunday of each month. Click here for more information.