CONTACT: Dan Hippert, Lake and Open Space Superintendent

PHONE: (760) 839-4345

Dixon Lake will be closed to anglers from 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 through 6:00 a.m. Saturday, April 22 in order to maintain the trout stock prior to the 20th Annual Hidden Valley Kiwanis Charity Trout Derby.  There will be no fishing from either the shore, the piers or from boats.   Day use areas and the campground will remain open, and the concession stand will continue to supply visitors with food, drinks and sundries.  Rental boats also will be available, but fishing gear will not be allowed on boats.  Signs will also be posted to remind visitors of the restriction.

Staff will be available to answer questions during the shutdown, but will be strictly enforcing the closure.  Lake and Open Space Superintendent Dan Hippert said, “We will have Park Rangers patrolling the shoreline regularly, and visitors found fishing on the closure dates will be subject to a citation and ejection from the park for up to 72 hours.”

The Kiwanis Trout Derby begins at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 and ends on Sunday April 23 at 4:00 p.m. 

Dixon Lake is owned and operated by the City of Escondido and is located at 1700 La Honda Dr.  The park opens every day at 6:00 a.m. but closing hours vary by season.  Call Dixon Lake at (760) 839-4345 or visit and click on the Dixon Lake page for more information.