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.

We've started a new promotion at Dixon Lake.  If you've ever spent time in waiting rooms (either at the doctor, at your mechanic, or other lovely spots), you know how boring those 1996 magazines can be.  Leave it to advertising to give you a kick start while you're waiting!  A local couple has just started publishing "Pastime" which is a free flyer for waiting room visitors.  In it you'll find games, ads, tidbits of trivia, and just enough coupons to make you take a second look.

We at Dixon Lake decided to take an ad out this quarter to see how bored people are in waiting rooms.  The ad contains a coupon good for one free entry into Dixon Lake on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, now through March 20, 2016.  All you need to do is read all of the great information in the publication, then take it home with you (it's okay, it's free). Then, clip the coupon and bring it to the entry station any weekend or holiday through March 20.  You'll save $5.00!  Just enough for a youth fishing permit or five cups of Dixon Lake coffee.  We hope you take advantage of this limited time offer.


Start planning now for the 19th Annual Hidden Valley Kiwanis Foundation Charity Trout Derby. This fun annual event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24.  Derby fishing starts at 6:00 a.m. each day and ends at 6:00 on Saturday and 4:00 on Sunday.  In addition, there will be a "kiddie pond," prizes and an opportunity drawing.  For more information about the Kiwanis Derby, please go to www.hiddenvalleykiwanis.org or e-mail the club at foundation@hiddenvalleykiwanas.org. 


The 37th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby was a success!  Several hundred anglers showed up very early each day to try to catch the biggest (or smallest) trout that Dixon Lake has to offer.  Please see the Trout Derby page for all of the results.

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