Cross Creek Road Fish Passage

Location: Los Angeles County

Project Type: Restoration

Status: Completed

Habitat Type: fish passage, Riparian

Cost: $590,000

Project Footprint: 2.1 stream miles

Assembly District: 50

Senate District: 27

Congressional District: 33

Project Lead/Grantee:
Malibu Coastal Land Conservancy (Ozzie Silna, 310-456-8054)

This project replaced the Cross Creek Road Arizona crossing of Malibu Creek, which blocked steelhead passage, with a one-lane bridge. Malibu Creek is a year-round stream in western Los Angeles County, California. It drains the southern Conejo Valley and Simi Hills, flowing south through the Santa Monica Mountains, and enters Santa Monica Bay in Malibu, California. The Malibu Creek watershed drains 109 mi (175 km) and its tributary creeks reach as high as 3,000 ft (910 m) into Ventura County, California. The creek’s mainstem begins south of Westlake Village at the confluence of Triunfo Creek and Lobo Canyon Creek, and flows 13.4 mi (21.6 km) to Malibu Lagoon.

Malibu Canyon is a chief pass though the mountains, and Malibu Canyon Road is a major north/south route connecting the coast to the inland valley. Malibu Creek starts at Malibou Lake, which is held back by the Malibu Lake Dam. Further downstream, the creek waterfalls 100 ft (30 m)over the Rindge Dam, then carves its final path into Malibu Lagoon.