On my second day in Venice Beach I walked along the beach from the Venice Beach Pier towards Marina del Rey. At the end of the beach you’ll get to the Ballona Creek and the opening of the huge Marina of Del Rey. For my walk back to Venice I chose the walkway along the Ballona Lagoon, which runs just one block behind the beach and leads you back to Venice and its canals. The lagoon is a very quiet and beautiful place, surrounded by interesting houses and their gardens.
“The Ballona Lagoon Marine Preserve is a 16.3-acre natural saltwater estuary between Hurricane Street (south of Washington Boulevard) and the Marina Del Rey Harbor Channel, one block inland from Venice Beach. The ocean-fed lagoon connects to Grand Canal, the main channel of the Venice Canals. Ballona Lagoon was originally part of the once-extensive 1,700-acre Ballona Creek wetlands, extending from Playa Del Rey to Santa Monica. The lagoon was cut off from the wetlands with the development of Marina Del Rey. The lagoon is on the 2,000-mile migratory route for birds between Alaska and Latin America, known as the Pacific Flyway. The preserve is a protected habitat for hundreds of birds, native plants, animals, and marine life. It is one of the last tidal wetlands in southern California, with high and low tides twice daily.” source