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 (including Labor Day, Monday, September 5th) and special events. No alcohol and no glass containers please.


PLEASE NOTE:  Wood fires are NEVER allowed at Dixon Lake.  This includes "pressed wood" logs.

Summer camping time is in full-swing again, and we urge you to make reservations early for the upcoming weekends and the Labor Day holiday. There are still many spots available, so call soon to make sure you're able to get a spot for this popular weekend.  The Reservation phone number is (760) 839-4045, and can be reached Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Walk-up reservations can be taken any time the Dixon Lake Concession Stand is open.  At this time, the Concession Stand operates from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day.  Campsite and picnic area reservations may also be made on line. You can access the City's reservation system by going to www.sunrisereservations.com, and entering Dixon Lake in the search field.  Prompts will help you navigate through the system.  Reservations are accepted up to 90 days in advance, and must be paid for in full when booking. Please note that only reservations for campsites and picnic shelters are available on line.  To reserve the disabled-accessible cabin or to make a picnic reservation with a jumper, please call the Reservation Line at (760) 839-4045.  Campsite and shelter changes and cancellations must be done by phone by calling the Reservation Line. 

For more information on camping at Dixon Lake, please go to www.escondido.org/Dixon-Lake-camping-information.aspx


The 19th Annual Hidden Valley Kiwanis Foundation Charity Trout Derby is in the books. Hundreds of anglers made their way to Dixon Lake on Saturday and Sunday to try their luck.  Of course, Chaulk Mound Trout Ranch did their part by providing some pretty good-sized fish.  We're waiting on the official results for all the categories, but the big winner was Sean Sanders, who caught a 12 lb. 12 oz. beauty.  Sean claimed the Grand Prize of an 8-day, 7-night stay at Sirena del Mar in Cabo San Lucas.  Congratulations Sean!

As soon as we have the official results from the Kiwanis we'll post them here.  In the meantime, I've heard that the really big trout is still out there somewhere.  Chaulk Mound wouldn't tell me the exact weight, but the 12-12 caught during the derby wasn't the biggest delivered (or so they say).  So, if you have some time and feel the need for a big meal, Dixon awaits.  Make sure you bring your big fish in to be weighed and noted by Ranger staff.  Good luck!


The 37th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby was a success!  Several hundred anglers showed up very early each day to try to catch the biggest (or smallest) trout that Dixon Lake has to offer.  Please see the Trout Derby page for all of the results.


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 2016 California Coastal Cleanup Day on February 27. Over 200 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.

Aquatic Invasive Species Songs


(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