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.  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 (cash only please).

Please remember that smoking and glass containers are never allowed anywhere at Dixon Lake.  Alcoholic beverages may only be consumed in the campground while camping and not in any of the day use areas, on the shoreline or on boats.


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 http://www.sunrisereservations.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.  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


Catfish season is still in full swing!  On September 7, Tong Nguyen hooked up a 23 pound Channel Catfish on the South Shoreline using fresh mackerel.   Congratulations to Tong on a nice catch! Please see the Weekly Fish Report for more information. You can call the Dixon Lake Ranger Station at (760) 839-4345 for updates on the current stocking schedule.            

New fishing regulations: As of April 1st, 2018 the new bass limit is NOW ONLY 2  BASS (Over 12 Inches) IN POSSESSION EACH DAY.

Dixon Lake Night Fishing season has come to a close for 2018.  We sold out boats most nights by 6:00, and Pacific Aquafarms did a great job of getting us some great cats all season long.  Our last stock was August 24, but there are still some leftovers just waiting for you to come out and claim.  Water temps are still in the low 80's, thanks to high daytime temperatures.  The cats seem to really like the warm water. Come on out and try your luck.  We open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.  Closing time changes with the season, so check with the Ranger station [(760) 839-4345] for up-to-the-minute information.

Trout Season is approaching!  As stated above, water temperatures are much to high to support a trout stock anytime soon, but we monitor the lake temps weekly to get a feeling for when we can start our stocking.  We don't foresee any trout being put in prior to Halloween, but if our temperatures follow recent year's patterns, we could stock as early as Veteran's Day (November 11).  Tentative dates for the 40th annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby are Friday, November 30 through Sunday, December 2.  Again, water temps are the main factor in scheduling stocking and the tournament, so keep checking back to this site for further updates.

See the Fishing Information page for more details. https://www.escondido.org/Dixon-Lake-fishing-information.aspx .


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 except during the derby.

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 or see the Fishing Information page for more details. https://www.escondido.org/Dixon-Lake-fishing-information.


The Escondido Fire Department, with assistance from CalFire and other allied fire agencies, snuffed out a fast-moving brush fire on Eagle Peak inside Dixon Lake Recreation Area on Thursday, May 18.  The fire burned approximately 1 acre of brush, and briefly threatened homes below the peak.  The burned area is highly visible from many areas of the City, and may take years to fully recover.  The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Due to the fire and continued unlawful activity (tagging, consumption of alcohol, littering) occurring on and around this landmark, the area has been closed to all activities until further notice.  Signs have been posted at the entrance to the Eagle Peak Trail, and fencing was installed to ensure that the area remains secure.  Please obey all park signs and do not enter areas that are designated "Closed to the Public."  Park Rangers will be regularly patrolling the Eagle Peak area, and violators may be cited and/or ejected from the park.


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 raccoons and pets don't mix, and pet food left out on your campsite will only invite trouble.


No special events are currently scheduled, but keep checking back to this page.  We're making plans for the 40th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby early in December!



(Charged on weekends, holidays, and during special events such as the Trout Derby)

Per Car/Van/Motorcycle $5.00 (cash only)
Buses/Vehicles over 20 ft. $10.00 (cash only)
Senior Citizens (over 60) FREE