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.  Even 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. Remember, Monday, February 20th is President's Day and we will be charging the $5.00 parking fee.

Remember, alcoholic beverages and glass containers are never allowed in the day use areas of Dixon Lake.


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 5:00 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

ATTENTION ANGLERS: We stocked both Dixon Lake and Lake Wohlford on Wednesday, February 8. The next stock of 1500 pounds of Tailwalkers is currently scheduled for Wednesday, February 22. 


We've wrapped up a highly successful derby!  We had over 1,100 participants over the three day tournament, with fish ranging from a half-pound to over 16 pounds!  We tagged 50 fish with prizes for the first 15, and we maxed out!  All 15 anglers who caught tagged fish will end up with a prize.  Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all the other "troutees" who made this a very special event.  Just wait until next year!

2016 Trout Derby Winners

Prize                           Winner                            Weight          Hometown

Grand Prize                Steve Capps                   16.41              Escondido

Adult                            Seaton Stroud                13.89              Big Bear City

Senior                          Steve Weethee                 5.00              Oceanside

Youth                           Tavish McClellan             11.06              Temecula

Smallest Trout             Kevin Nam                         0.44             San Diego

Daily Prize Winners

December 2

1st Place                      Jesus Resendis                13.33             San Marcos

2nd Place                      Paul Prieto                        12.79             Escondido

December 3

1st Place                       Nathan Gushwa                10.35             San Marcos

2nd Place                      Josh Barranco                     9.03             Del Mar

December 4

1st Place                         Lance Liverpool               12.31            Spring Valley

2nd Place                        David Lemus                      5.54             San Diego

Tagged Fish

Theodore Barone

Dennis Vanderheiden

Tim Gardner

Alfredo Hernandez

Jose Milan

Nathan Stutz

Savinena Hun

Linda Vorachack

Gabriel Quiroz

Javier Deanda

Justin Lamond

Tony Parker

Ramirez Lopez

Josh Lacy

Brian Cochran


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.


If you've been to Dixon Lake lately, you may have noticed that we've had a bit of an increase in 4-legged bandit activity.  Our raccoon population has been taking advantage of food and trash left out on tables and near trash cans.  While the raccoons are not as dangerous as the famous Yosemite bears, they can be quite assertive when it comes to taking what they want, when they want it.  Here are a few tips to keep the "bandits" at bay:

  • Never leave food out on tables when you leave your campsite.  Put all food in your car or in the food storage locker provided on the campsite.
  • Do not entice the raccoons with handouts.  This only makes them expect to be fed, which leads to assertive behavior when they're ignored.
  • Make sure the lid to your trash can is fully secured.  You may notice raccoon tracks on our trash can lids, because they can climb easily.  However, they have not been able to open lids that are properly secured.
  • Don't leave extra bags of trash next to the trash cans.  If you have more trash than will fit in a trash can, notify a member of the Dixon Lake staff.  Someone will stop by and properly dispose of the excess trash.
  • Finally, remember that pets are not allowed at Dixon Lake at any time (service animals excepted).  Raccoons and pets don't mix, and pet food left out on your campsite will only invite trouble.


Coastal Cleanup Day

I Love A Clean San Diego and the City of Escondido Recycling Division will host the 15th Annual clean-up day at Dixon Lake on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 2017.  Please join us from 9:00 a.m. to noon to help clean up the areas around and adjacent to the lake.  We can even host teenie tiny volunteers(toddlers with gloves and trash bags)!  It's always good to start teaching outdoor ethics early.  We're know there will be plenty of work for everyone.

Thanks in advance to all who'll participate!  You'll be helping your local environment by collecting and cataloging more trash and recyclables than City staff would ever be able to chase down.  We hope to see you then!

Coastal Cleanup Day is presented by I Love a Clean San Diego. The City of Escondido sponsors and serves as site captains for the Dixon Lake site in Escondido.  For more information or to register, please go to www.creektobay.org.  Registration opens on April 1, 2017


Aquatic Invasive Species Songs


(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