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. 

ATTENTION ANGLERS: Our first stock of trout was scheduled for Wednesday, October 29.  Due to unseasonably warm weather, water temperatures have been stuck in the mid 70's.  In order to have a successful stock, the water needs to be at a maximum of 70 degrees, so our opening day is pushed back to November 6.  The plan is to put 7,000 pounds of fish in the lake for both opening day and for our Annual Lake Dixon Trout Derby!

Assuming the lake is cool enough, this year's derby runs from Saturday, November 8 through Tuesday, November 11.  No fishing license is required, but you'll need to purchase a daily fishing permit from the Lake's concession stand each day you participate.  Sorry, but there are no pre-sales of permits.  Gates open each day at 6:00 a.m. and the last fish is weighed in at 4:15.  Check back later for full details on the Derby.  Good luck to all!

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

With the end of summer comes our quieter season.  We're waiting for trout season to begin, and the catfish are a little more picky.  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