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San Diego Lakes Overview

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San Diego lakes offer boating, fishing, swimming, water-skiing and other activities. These lakes offer rentals for fishing boat, pontoon boats, ski boats, Sea-Doo, Jet Ski, WaveRunner, paddle boat, paddleboard, canoe and kayak. Most have boat launch ramps and marinas that provide fuel, food & drink, cafés, fishing tackle and camping supplies. Several San Diego lakes offer camping. Among those to choose from are Murray, Cuyamaca, Jennings, Hodges, Dixon, Henshaw, Morena, Wohlford, Miramar, El Capitan and many more. El Capitan Reservoir is the only lake in San Diego to offer water-skiing, wakeboarding and towed inflatables. El Capitan and Barrett both offer swimming. Cuyamaca is the only San Diego Lake with sturgeon and year-round trout fishing. Refer to our campgrounds page for info on camping at any of these beautiful San Diego lakes.

San Diego Lakes

Hodges Reservoir is located off Interstate 15 in south Escondido. Hodges is nearly 6-miles long and a ½-mile wide. Activities include fishing, boating and picnicking. Boat rentals include row boat, fishing boat and kayak. Lake Hodges supports fish species like largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, bullhead and carp.

Hodges Reservoir
Lake Drive
Escondido, CA 92027
(760) 432-2023

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Lake Wohlford is located off Interstate 15 east of Escondido. Wohlford is 1½-miles long and a ½-mile wide. Activities include fishing, boating and picnicking. Amenities include a café and boat launch ramp. Boat rentals include fishing boats, row boats, bass boats and inflatable boats. Wohlford supports fish species like largemouth bass, rainbow trout, black crappie, bluegill and channel catfish.

Lake Wohlford
25453 Lake Wohlford Road
Escondido, CA 92027
(760) 839-4346

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Dixon Lake is located off Interstate 15 in east Escondido. Dixon is small at ½-miles long. Activities include fishing, boating, lake camping and picnicking. Boat rentals include fishing boats, row boats and paddle boats. Dixon supports fish species like trout, crappie, bluegill and catfish.

Dixon Lake
1700 North La Honda Drive
Escondido, CA 92027
(760) 839-4680

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Lake Henshaw is located off Highway 76 between Pala and Julian. Henshaw is 2-miles long and 1-mile wide. Activities include fishing, boating, camping and picnicking. Amenities include cabins, a general store, laundry room and boat launch ramp. Boat rentals include fishing boats only. Henshaw supports fish species like largemouth bass, crappie and catfish.

Lake Henshaw Resort
26439 Highway 76
Santa Ysabel, CA 92070
(760) 782-3501

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Lake Cuyamaca

Lake Cuyamaca is located off Highway 79 south of Julian. Cuyamaca is small at less than 1-mile long. Activities include fishing, boating, hiking and lake camping. Amenities include cabins, a restaurant, general store and boat launch ramp. Boat rentals include row boat, fishing boat, pontoon boats, paddle boat and kayak. Cuyamaca supports fish species like trout, Florida bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, bluegill and sturgeon. Being at an elevation of 4600 feet, Cuyamaca is the only San Diego lake that supports trout fishing year round.

Lake Cuyamaca
15027 Highway 79
Julian, CA 92036
(877) 581-9904

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Miramar Reservoir is located off Interstate 15 in Mira Mesa. Also known as Scripps Lake, Miramar is small and narrow at 1-mile long. Activities include fishing, boating, jogging, biking and picnicking. Amenities include a paved path that circles the entire lake and a boat launch ramp. Boat rentals include fishing boats only. Lake Miramar supports fish species like Florida-strain largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, sunfish, and trout.

Miramar Reservoir
Scripps Lake Drive
San Diego, CA 92131
(858) 527-1722

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San Vicente Lake is located off Interstate 8 north of Lakeside. San Vicente is over 2-miles long and 1½-miles wide.

TEMPORARILY CLOSED until sometime between 2014 and 2017 due to dam construction and refilling.

San Vicente Lake
Moreno Avenue
Lakeside, CA 92040
(619) 465-3474

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Lake Jennings is located off Interstate 8 east of El Cajon. Jennings is small and narrow at less than 1-mile long. Activities include fishing, boating, lake camping and picnicking. Boat rentals include fishing boats, row boats and paddle boats. Jennings supports fish species like bass, trout, bluegill and channel catfish.

Lake Jennings
9535 Harritt Road
Lakeside, California 92040
(619) 443-2510

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Murray Reservoir is located off Interstate 8 west of El Cajon. Murray is small and narrow at less than 1-mile long. Activities include fishing, boating, biking and picnicking. Amenities include a bait shop and rental concession for boats and bikes. Boat rentals include fishing boats only. Lake Murray supports fish species like Florida-strain largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, black crappie and trout.

Murray Reservoir
Kiowa Drive
La Mesa, CA 92120
(619) 466-4847

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El Capitan Reservoir is located off Interstate 8 east of El Cajon. El Capitan is more than 6-miles long and averages a ½-mile wide. Activities include fishing, boating, water-skiing, swimming and picnicking. El Capitan is the only San Diego lake that offers water-skiing, wakeboarding and towed inflatables. Amenities include boat launch ramps. Boat rentals include fishing boats only. El Capitan Lake supports fish species like Florida-strain largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, blue catfish, green sunfish and carp.

El Capitan Reservoir
El Monte Road
Alpine, California 91901
(619) 443-4110

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Upper Otay Reservoir is located off Olympic Parkway east of Chula Vista. Upper Otay is the smaller of the two Otay Lakes at less than a ¼-mile in diameter. Fishing is the main activity, whether from shore, float tube or waders - no boating allowed. Upper Otay Lake supports fish species like Florida-strain largemouth bass, bluegill and bullhead. Catch and release only for all species.

Upper Otay Reservoir
Wueste Road
Eastlake, CA 91915

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Lower Otay Reservoir is located off Olympic Parkway east of Chula Vista. Lower Otay is the larger of the two Otay Lakes at more than 5-miles long and over a ½-mile wide. Activities include fishing, boating and picnicking. Amenities include a bait shop and boat launch ramp. Boat rentals include row boat, fishing boat and kayak. Lower Otay Lake supports fish species like Florida-strain largemouth bass, bluegill, black and white crappie, channel catfish, blue catfish, white catfish and bullhead.

Lower Otay Reservoir
Wueste Road
Eastlake, CA 91915
(619) 397-5212

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Lake Morena is located off Interstate 8 east of Alpine. Morena is approximately 2-miles long and averages a ¼-mile wide. Activities include fishing, boating, camping and picnicking. Boat rentals include fishing boats only. Morena supports fish species like carp, bass, blue gill, crappie, catfish and trout.

Lake Morena
2550 Lake Morena Drive
Campo, CA 91906
(619) 579-4101

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Barrett Lake is located off Interstate 8 south of Descanso. Barrett is nearly 6-miles long and averages a ¼-mile wide. Activities include fishing, boating, water-skiing, swimming, hunting and picnicking. Boat rentals include fishing boats only. Barrett supports fish species like Florida-strain version of largemouth black bass, bluegill, bullheads, white crappie and black crappie. Catch and release only. In addition to a California fishing license, Barrett requires an additional permit as well as reservations.

Barrett Lake
Barrett Lake Road
Jamul, CA 91935
(619) 465-3474

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