San Luis Rey Watershed Council (SLRWC)
The San Luis Rey Watershed Council (SLRWC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, strives to protect the natural resources within this beautiful watershed. It is made up of many different stakeholders, all of whom live, work, or play within the San Luis Rey Watershed. Members range from individuals who just love to explore our hiking trails and beaches, to organizations that are tasked with protecting the natural and cultural resources of the San Luis Rey Watershed.
The mission of the San Luis Rey Watershed Council is to preserve, protect and enhance the natural, cultural, and economic resources of the San Luis Rey Watershed in the County of San Diego, State of California.
The San Luis Rey Watershed is located in northern San Diego County, covering roughly 360,000 acres (562 square miles), making it the largest watershed completely within San Diego County. It spans from Hot Springs Mountain to the east (6,535 feet, the highest peak in San Diego County), all the way to the beaches of Oceanside to the west. In between these two spots, the San Luis Rey River runs 55 miles long before joining the Pacific Ocean, and has a complex surface/sub-surface interplay depending on where you are within the watershed. Palomar Mountain, along the northern edge, has some of the highest rainfall averages (30-35 inches/year) in the county. There are eight Native American Tribes (seven reservations) in the watershed, providing a rich history that sets it apart from many other areas. There are many communities within the watershed, including: Oceanside, Vista, Bonsall, Fallbrook, Pala, Pauma, Valley Center, and Warner Springs.