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 and recent catches. 

Congratulations to Johnny Tate for bringing in the biggest Whopper Contest fish for September.  Johnny landed a 19.25 lb. pound catfish on Wednesday, September 2.  Nice job Johnny!  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.  Due to continued high water temperatures our initial trout stocking and the Derby have been delayed.  The good news is water temperature is now at 63 degrees, well below what's needed for a healthy and happy stocking.  The first stock will be Tuesday, November 24 with 3,000 pounds of Nebraska Tailwalker Rainbow Trout.  We'll follow up with a 6,000 pound stock right before the Derby, now scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, December 3rd through 6th.  We apologize for the lateness of the Derby, but we want to guarantee that the fish we stock are healthy and ready to catch.  We'll update the website with additional information as soon as we have it.  Please remember that a $5.00 parking fee is charged during each Derby day, including Thursday and Friday.

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.

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Parking 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