Lake Dixon is open year-round (closed Christmas Day). Gates open at 6:00 a.m. daily; park closes at dusk. Night fishing is available during the summer months. Contact the Park Ranger office at 760-839-4680 for further information. No pets are allowed at this facility.

We had a very successful catfish season.  Night fishing is now over, and if you missed it, you missed a great opportunity to enjoy Lake Dixon after dark. 


Lake Dixon Rangers are pleased to announce that trout season has officially begun!  The first stock 4,500 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalkers from Chaulk Mound Trout Ranch arrived at the lake on Wednesday, November 12, Our next stock will be just before the Trout Derby this week, on Wednesday, December 3. We'll be planting over 4,000 pounds of Rainbows!.  Cooler weather has dropped the lake temperature into the safe range so we'll be getting regular fish plants throughout the season.  Check back to this site often for more schedule information.

Please not that we can't guarantee a specific time when the fish will be delivered because they're transported from Nebraska.  Weather and road conditions dictate the time for each delivery.

For information about the 36th Annual Lake Dixon Trout Derby, please click on the link below.

Because Lake Dixon 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 Lake Dixon Ranger Station at (760) 839-4680.

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

If you want a relaxing experience, join us at Lake Dixon 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 pets, no alcohol and no glass containers please.

Lake Dixon hosted the 2014 California Coastal Cleanup Day on September 20th. Over 200 volunteers helped clean Lake Dixon 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 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.

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Entry 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