Mission Bay News & Stories

A tidal island in Mission Bay

You may be able to walk to it

Leisure Island at Mission Bay might be one of San Diego's only sandy "tidal islands,” if you can catch it on the right day. A tidal island is a body of land that is connected ...

I once lived in an RV in San Diego, and it sucked

Van-lifers on Fiesta Island: you are subject to police profiling

On January 26, about 150 van-lifers converged at Fiesta Island. Jarrod, 33, rolled to the Vanlife Meetup in his 2003 Ford E-350 ambulance that he purchased from Pennsylvania last week. “[I believe that] most of ...

"Bad chemical smell" on Fiesta Island

“A lot of contractors dump wood and furniture in the pits”

On January 12, Tiffany Bauer and her kitties inhaled a “bad chemical smell” exuding from a nearby fire on Fiesta Island. Bauer looked outside of her window and noticed a burning “sofa” about 100 feet ...

One immigrant’s contribution to paddle sports

One of the longest running races featuring outrigger canoes, surfskis, paddleboards, standup paddleboards and kayaks will be held again this Saturday in Mission Bay. Some 650 athletes ages 7 to 80 will compete. The Hanohano ...

Van love on Mission Bay

You can still customize

La Jollan Andreas Stevens cruised his forest green 1972 Chevy “boogie van” out to Crown Point Park on November 11 for “Vans at the Bay.” This was the eighth annual vintage van gathering organized by ...

Like watching paint dry

The patient freesailers

La Jollan Ernie Mortensen has been free sailing 36-inch yachts for 18 years. On October 20-21, Mortensen was the only San Diegan of eight skippers to compete in the National Freesail Regatta, held at the ...

Running sideways a good way to stay inside the circle

Sumo ball on Mission Bay

On September 23, I saw eight alien-looking plastic balls with legs running around at east Mission Bay. “This game is called Sumo Ball,” said Carlos Rendon. “The object is to knock the opposing team out ...

Not your normal (yawn) grass soccer

Beach Soccer Jam on Fiesta Island

Soccer is a game of running, lots of running, and we who enjoy the beach know that running in the soft sand above the tideline is not easy. That’s why the beach runs for runners ...

Only the young in the outrigger canoes

Shaka Fest at De Anza Park Saturday April 28

Long before the magnetic compass, the sextant, global positioning systems and other navigational aids, Polynesians sailed solely by observation of the sun, stars, and ocean swells coupled with other signs of nature such as the ...

Mission Bay Classic kayak fishing

A non-impact activity

For those of us that have it in our blood, fishing can be a cathartic thing; a way to purge stress. The more one can quiet the noise of human hustle and bustle, the better. ...

The skinny on catching fat fish

Mission Bay bass seminar

Eleven out of the world’s top twenty-five largemouth bass have been caught in San Diego county lakes; Dixon, Murray, Miramar, Hodges and Wohlford have put out fish over nineteen pounds. Only the famous Castaic has ...

Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge ramps up buzz on Bahia

Who wants parking next to the water?

The Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge is one of the longest running paddle-sport races in California, featuring OC-1, surfski, traditional paddleboard, standup paddleboard and kayak. This year’s races on Saturday will take place amid controversy across ...

Near-doubling of Bahia Resort approved

Increase of 285 rooms puts squeeze on local watercraft users

Mission Bay water-sport enthusiasts fighting a hotel expansion they say would eliminate public access to a prime vessel-launch site were dealt another blow from the San Diego Park and Recreation Board on Thursday (January 18). ...

Decision made on Mission Bay wetlands plan

Campland reduced, golf course intact, ReWild rankled by mere 38-acre allotment

A conflicted, somewhat confused Mission Bay Park Committee voted 5-3 to go forward with a plan for the DeAnza Cove Tuesday night (December 5th) after hours of passionate testimony from people who want different things ...

King tide bird count on Mission Bay

Kendall-Frost Marsh's light-footed Ridgway's rails on the ropes

Volunteers with San Diego Audubon used exceptionally high tides Tuesday morning (December 5) as an aid in counting threatened light-footed Ridgway's rails that reside in Kendall-Frost Marsh along the northeast shores of Mission Bay. "We ...

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