Malibu Creek


Malibu Creek is a stream in Los Angeles County flowing from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Santa Monica Bay. It drains the Simi Hills and the Conejo Valley. The main stream starts south of Westlake Village at the confluence of Triunfo Creek and Lobo Canyon Creek and then flows 13.4 miles through Tapia Park to Malibu Lagoon which is part of the Santa Monica Bay. Malibu Creek starts at Malibou Lake which was formed by and is held back by Malibu Lake Dam. The Century Lake and Dam, once known as Craig's Lake, is to the east of Malibou Lake on Malibu Creek. Further downstream, Malibu Creek waterfalls over 100 feet to Malibu Lagoon. The Chumash People lived in the area of Malibu Creek for approximately 8,000 years.


Malibu Creek Watershed

The Malibu Creek Watershed is located in the northwest section of Los Angeles County. It is bounded on the north, west, and east by the Santa Monica Mountains and on the south by the Pacific Ocean. The watershed area is approximately 109 square miles. Its major tributaries are Las Virgenes Creek, Triunfo Creek, and Cold Creek. The watershed is comprised of all or parts of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Malibu, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and unincorporated areas in Los Angeles County, and Ventura County.


Southern California Watersheds

A watershed is an area of land that collects water whenever it rains or snows and from irrigation. Through gravity, water channeled into soils, groundwater, creeks, and lakes, drain into larger bodies of water and eventually to the ocean. Due to the large volume of storm water, it cannot be treated before it reaches the ocean. Since we all live in a watershed, we can all help in keeping our area free of harmful chemicals and other waste.