Mission Dam and Aqueduct
The Mission Dam, situated on Mission Creek, is one of the unique attractions at the Botanic Garden.
Constructed in 1806-1807 by Chumash Indian neophytes under the direction of the Franciscan padres, this historic dam and aqueduct system helped supply the Santa Barbara Mission with a reliable source of water. Although no longer a functioning dam, the structure has been preserved by the Botanic Garden and can be viewed from above and below.
Portions of the aqueduct can be seen along the Canyon and Easton Aqueduct Trails. In summer, visitors can view a facsimile of the elevated flume used to funnel water from the dam into the aqueduct. The dam is a registered California State Historic Landmark.
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden fosters the conservation of California's native plants through our gardens, research and education, and serves as a role model of sustainable practices.