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 just about here! 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 begins July 12, 2018.....start dusting off the catfish rods and come experience the lake after dark..

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.



21st Annual Hidden Valley Kiwanis Foundation Charity Trout Derby

For the 21st year, the Hidden Valley Kiwanis of Escondido will be hosting their annual Charity Trout Derby at Dixon Lake on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, 2018.  Saturday's hours are 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday's hours are 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  There will be prizes for adults and juniors, with additional prizes for anglers that bring in any of the 15 tagged fish. 

The City will be stocking Dixon Lake with 4,500 pounds of Rainbow Trout from Calaveras Trout Farm before the Derby, so fishing should be great. The lake will be closed for fishing April 18-20 prior the derby to have a great successful tournament for all ages.   The park will remain open to all other activities including paddle boats)  In addition, the Kiwanis are sponsoring a "kiddie pond" (ages 7 and under)again this year, with 300 pounds of Rainbow Trout  The kiddie pond will be adjacent to Pier 2, and will be staffed by volunteers from the Senior Anglers of Escondido. Hours are from (9am -11am and 1pm -3pm) each day. Our more accomplished anglers will be there to help the amateurs become pros!  No adult fishing in the kiddie pond, please!

Permit prices for the derby will be $14 for adults and $10 for youth and seniors.  Proceeds from the derby will be used to fund special Kiwanis programs.   Anglers under 8 do not require a permit.  California State fishing licenses are not required at Dixon Lake.  There is a $5.00 entry fee for vehicles entering the park on weekends and holidays, including derby days.  Visitors over 60 years of age park for free.

For more information on the derby, please go to www.hiddenvalleykiwanis.org


(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