Ventura River Confluence Preserve
The Ventura River Confluence Preserve was established in April 2004. It’s a 13-acre parcel named for the merging of the Ventura River and San Antonio Creek. Old-growth cottonwood and sycamores tower over lush undergrowth, providing one of the only remaining examples of vanishing Ventura River forests. The Ventura River and San Antonio Creek come together in a deep willow forest just a few hundred yards from where hundreds of commuters drive by every day. The rich riparian habitat is home to a wide variety of wildlife such as the red legged frog and steelhead trout. This open space bounds both sides of Highway 33 just south of the San Antonio Creek Bridge at the base of the Arnaz Grade. Bicyclists and equestrians will recognize the land because the Ojai Valley Trail passes by it.