October 9, 2022

Conservancy Considers Grant to MRCA to Acquire Deer Creek on Highway 1 in Ventura County

On Monday, October 19, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC) will consider a grant of general funds to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) to acquire an exclusive option to purchase the property known as Deer Creek Beach or the Mansdorf property. The property consists of 32 contiguous parcels, totaling 1,241.5 acres in unincorporated Ventura County. A $10,000,000 grant to the MRCA from the Trust for Public Lands can make this significant addition to parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains a reality. 

 The Deer Creek property has 2.2 miles of coastline and is located on both side of PCH. It is a completely unspoiled stretch of coast that thousands drive by every day and many probably presume to be part of Point Mugu State Park, which borders the property to the north.The map posted below provides a visual of the location of the property relative to other nearby public lands.

Deer Creek is one of the largest parcels of unspoiled habitat ever to be acquired by the MRCA. It has abundant native vegetation and wildlife and is identified by the National Park Service as known mountain lion habitat. The following chart provides a glimpse of where Mountain Lions in the Santa Monicas are known to roam.