October 28, 2021

Baja’s San Miguel Surf Break Protected as a State Park | The Inertia

San Miguel in Baja California, Mexico, is now secure as Arroyo San Miguel State Park. Photograph: WILDCOAST

The Inertia

On September 19, Baja California Governor Jaime Bonilla signed into regulation the status quo of the 169-acre Arroyo San Miguel State Park, simply north of Ensenada. The brand new park, the primary state park within the historical past of Baja California, contains the seaside on the famed San Miguel river mouth, a cobblestone level, in addition to the riparian watershed of the similar title. 

“The San Miguel smash, which was once the primary position the place browsing started in Mexico, is an iconic web site for the browsing neighborhood, so we rejoice this decree,” stated Eduardo Echegaray, president of the Baja California Surfing – a piece of content by Surfing Report HI- Affiliation.

Daniel Dedina enjoys an early iciness consultation at San Miguel. Photograph: WILDCOAST

The brand new state park is helping to enhance the Bahia de Todos Santos World Surfing Reserve that comes with San Miguel, Todos Santos Island, and Salsipuedes amongst different surf breaks. The reserve proposal was once supported by way of a coalition of organizations together with Pronatura-Noroeste, Save the Waves, Northwest Environmental Legislation Middle (DAN), Professional Esteros, Island Conservation Staff (GECI)and WILDCOAST.  

“With this decree, Governor Bonilla has left a legacy for the folk of Baja California, and specifically Ensenada,” stated Gustavo Danemann, government director of Pronatura Noroeste. “The Arroyo San Miguel State Park is the primary herbal secure house to be established underneath state jurisdiction, and with this, it units a precedent at the imaginative and prescient now we have in Baja California for the safety and public and sustainable use of our landscapes and herbal spaces.”


Very similar to the San Mateo Creek watershed inside San Onofre State Seaside, Arroyo San Miguel State Park is a vintage riparian oak watershed – a colourful coastal and terrestrial ecosystem in addition to a fabled surf spot.

The estuary at Arroyo San Miguel State Park in Baja California, Mexico. Photograph: Pronatura-Noroeste

“Arroyo San Miguel State Park is ruled by way of riparian habitats with oaks, willows and reeds in addition to species of local plants, particularly an increasing number of threatened coastal sage scrub,” stated WILDCOAST Mexico director Mónica Franco. “It is usually house to resident and migratory birds reminiscent of quail and peregrine falcons.”

A very powerful component for surfers is that it restricts building alongside the coastline and alongside the western finish of the watershed and is a large victory for the environmental and browsing neighborhood of Baja California. 

“San Miguel is an overly particular position for the area people and its criminal coverage is going past the wave,” stated Mara Arroyo, Surf Secure Space Community Supervisor for Save The Waves.


Your next step for the park is to expand a control plan, particularly a watershed control plan to assist set up sediment and deal with coastal air pollution issues.

“The designation of the Arroyo San Miguel State Park is a in reality neighborhood initiative,” stated Danemann. “The Baja California govt demonstrated basic make stronger and dedication to make this conceivable. We’re assured that the brand new state management may also make stronger the conservation of the Arroyo San Miguel State Park, and we reaffirm our dedication to proceed taking part on this venture.”

Neighborhood cleanup previous to a surf contest at Arroyo San Miguel State Park, Baja California, Mexico. The Ensenada surf and environmental neighborhood had been very concerned within the building of the state park and the safety of the surf smash, wetland, and watershed. Photograph: WILDCOAST