Dixon Lake is open year-round (closed Christmas Day). Gates open at 6:00 a.m. daily; closing hours vary by season.  Contact the Park Ranger office at 760-839-4680 for further information. No pets are allowed at this facility.  If you want a relaxing experience, join us at the Lake during the week and enjoy less crowds and a slower pace.  We still have all the amenities (boat rentals, concessions and camping) but the feeling is a little more laid back.  Parking is free during the week.  There is a $5.00 parking fee per vehicle on Saturday, Sunday and all major holidays and special events. No alcohol and no glass containers please.


Thanks to all for your patience while we get our web page updated.  We're working on a permanent solution, but for now, we'll be able to provide some basic updates about stocking schedules and recent catches. 

Congratulations to Johnny Tate for bringing in the biggest Whopper Contest fish for September.  Johnny landed a 19.25 lb. pound catfish on Wednesday, September 2.  Nice job Johnny!  Whopper Contest winners (biggest seasonal fish for the month) are a awarded free day of fishing, which includes a fishing permit and an all-day motorboat rental.  We'll be featuring catfish as the monthly seasonal fish through October.  All fish in the Whopper Contest must be weighed in by the time the lake closes on the day of the catch.  Winners names, images and pictures of the fish may be used for promotional purposes on the City's web site or by social media.

Please call the Ranger station at (760) 839-4680 for information on boat rentals and other topics.  Remember that alcohol and smoking are not allowed at the lake at any time. 


The 37th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby is here!  Derby days are this Thursday through Sunday, December 3rd through 6th. We are ready to take delivery this Wednesday of our biggest stock of the season . . . 6,000 pounds of Rainbow Trout for the Derby, stocked on Wednesday, December 2.  Gates open right at 6:00 a.m., and we ask that you proceed directly to the Concession Stand to purchase your permits. Please note that we will be keeping the parking lots to the outlying fishing areas closed until about 6:15 a.m. to ensure that everyone has a fishing permit before getting their hooks wet.  In addition, we will not be selling 2nd Rod Stamps during the Derby

Remember that a $5.00 parking fee is charged during each Derby day, including Thursday and Friday.

Because Dixon Lake has been granted an Aquaculture Permit by the State of California Department of Fish and Wildlife, fishing licenses are no longer required. However, all anglers eight years and older will need a daily lake fishing permit, which are available at the concession stand.  Adult permits are $7.00, and Youth and Senior permits are $5.00.  A second rod permit can be purchased for a $2.00 fee.

For additional information, please contact the Dixon Lake Ranger Station at (760) 839-4680.

For current fishing conditions and hours of operation, please check the latest fishing report.

Dixon Lake hosted the 2015 California Coastal Cleanup Day on September 19. Over 150 volunteers helped clean Dixon Lake and removed lots and lots of trash from areas Lakes staff can't always maintain.  Thanks go to these extra special volunteers and to the City staff that arranged and coordinated the efforts.   For more information about the accomplishments of this County-wide event, please visit www.CleanUpDay.org. This year's California Coastal Cleanup Day was sponsored by the following organizations: thinkBLUE San Diego, County of San Diego, SDG&E (A Sempra Energy utility), Republic Services, Lowe's, REI, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Qualcomm Foundation, Ocean Conservancy, California Coastal Commission, COX, SeaWorld San Diego, Bahia Resort Hotel and Rubio's.

Aquatic Invasive Species Songs

Parking Fee (Day Use):

(Charged on weekends, holidays, and during special events such as the Trout Derby)

Per Car/Van/Motorcycle $5.00
Buses/Vehicles over 20 ft. $10.00
Senior Citizens (over 60) FREE