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 Recreation Area in Escondido is postponing the 36th annual Trout Derby, originally scheduled for November 8 through 11 (Saturday through Tuesday, including Veteran’s Day).  Due to San Diego’s very warm weather far in to the fall season, water temperatures at Lake Dixon in Escondido have remained unseasonably high.   We were hoping to have good news this week that water temperatures would be at or below the maximum required for a healthy fish stock.  According to Chaulk Mound Trout Ranch, our fish supplier for the last several years, the maximum water temperature to guarantee healthy fish is 70 degrees.

Unfortunately, today’s water temperature reading at 76.1 degrees leaves us little choice but to delay opening day once again, along with postponing the Lake’s annual Trout Derby.  There is no new date for the Derby yet, as it will be based on what the water temperatures do over the next couple of weeks.

Please contact Lake Dixon Ranger Station at (760) 839-4345 for further information.

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