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.


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

Campsite and picnic area reservations may be made on line by accessing the City's reservation system at www.sunriserervations.com.  Enter Dixon Lake in the search field, and prompts will help you navigate the system  You can also make reservations by calling the reservation desk directly at (760) 839-4045.  The reservation desk 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.  Reservations are accepted up to 90 days in advance, and must be paid for in full when booking, whether on line, by phone or in person. 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 38th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby is tentatively scheduled to begin on Thursday, December 1, 2016 and run for four days, wrapping up on Sunday, December 4, 2016. The plan is to put our first stock of trout in the lake the week before Thanksgiving, then one more large stock just before the start of the Derby.  Watch this page for further updates and information.  Please keep in mind that stocking schedules are closely linked to water temperatures.  If the temps are too high, we will postpone stocking. We will be stocking with Nebraska Tailwalkers again this year from our friends at Chaulk Mound Trout Ranch, so be prepared for some good fish.


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.


Coastal Cleanup Day

I Love A Clean San Diego and the City of Escondido Recycling Division hosted over 175 volunteers on Saturday, September 17 to clean up the areas around and adjacent to Dixon Lake.  We even had teenie tiny volunteers helping (toddlers with gloves and trash bags)!  It's always good to start teaching outdoor ethics early.  We're not sure exactly how much trash and recycling was collected, but there are nine full-sized trash dumpsters at the Lake, and they were all full by the end of the day.  Thanks to all who participated!  You helped your local environment by collecting and cataloging more trash and recyclables than City staff would ever be able to chase down.

Watch this site for news of the next Coastal Cleanup Day.  We hope to see even more volunteers then!

Coastal Cleanup Day is presented by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and Think BLUE, San Diego. The City of Escondido sponsors and serves as site captains for the Dixon Lake site in Escondido.


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(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