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, night fishing and recent catches. 

We've been stocking 1000 pounds of Channel Catfish per week every Friday since July 10.  Our last stock of the season was Friday, August 14.  Even though we're done stocking, we've had some large catfish caught in the last several weeks, with a couple over 10 pounds.  Good anglers know all the right spots, but Whisker Bay has been pretty active during the entire season.  Check in at the concession stand or boat dock for the latest news on bait and locations.

Congratulations to Thanh Le for bringing in the biggest Whopper Contest fish for August.  Thanh landed a 13.75 lb. pound catfish on Tuesday, August 25.  Thanh remained patient on the South Shoreline until the big guy took a chance.  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. 

Lakes staff have started planning for the 37th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby.  If you remember last year, the Derby was delayed until early December (see the link below for information about last year's event) due to high water temperatures.  It looks like we may have another delay this year, as water temps this week (September 21) have been right around 80 degrees.  We won't plant trout until water temperatures stabilize at or below 68 degrees, so we may see a late Derby again. Please check back here often for updates on water temperatures and stocking schedules.

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

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