Dixon Lake is open year-round (closed Christmas Day). The lake is open regular hours Monday, January 21 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Gates open at 6:00 a.m. daily; closing hours vary by season. We currently close at 5:00 p.m. Contact the Park Ranger office at 760-839-4680 for further information.
Now that the holiday season is over, the pace at Dixon Lake is a little more relaxed. Camping is more quiet, and there's more room on the fishing piers for leisurely casting. Boats are even a little easier to get! Reservations for camping are available; see the CAMPING INFORMATION section below for more reservation information. Entry fees are not charged Monday through Friday, but there is a $5.00 entry fee per vehicle on Saturday, Sunday and all major holidays and special events, such as trout derbies (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
Please see the Weekly Fish Report for more information. We'll stock 1,500 pounds of Calaveras Trout Farm Rainbow Trout on Wednesday, January 16, in time for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. Another 1,500 pounds will be put in on Tuesday, January 22. Remember that there is a $5 entry fee charged on holidays, including Monday, January 21.
We open at 6:00 a.m. every day, and close at 5:00 p.m. Boats are called in at 4:00 p.m. Please note that boats usually sell out by 8:00 each morning after each stock, so get here early to get your shot at a boat.
Trout are catch and take only - no catch and release. Daily permits and catch limits are strictly enforced by Rangers, so make sure you're within the rules and don't risk losing your catch.
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.
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.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING EAGLE PEAK
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.
DIXON LAKE RACCOON UPDATE
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.
The 40th Annual Dixon Lake Trout Derby was a resounding success! Over 1200 permits were sold over the three day tournament, with the busiest day being Saturday. The big catch was on Friday by Jimer Caramba of Escondido. He reeled in a 10.4 pound Rainbow that set the tone for the rest of the derby. There were several 7 pounders, some pretty nice 5+ pounders, and of course, the tiniest at .39 pound. There's always that one little fish . . .
The final results are below. Thanks to all that attended, and we look forward to seeing you again next year. A special thanks goes to our sponsors, Kiwanis Club of Hidden Valley - Escondido, The Senior Anglers of Escondido, and Turner's Outdoorsman.
- Grand Prize - $150 Jimer Carambas Escondido 10.4 pounds
- Adult Prize - $100 Daniel Quincero Star, Idaho 7.254 pounds
- Senior Prize - $100 Ross Colbert Oceanside 6.01 pounds
- Youth Prize - $100 Caden Moss Escondido 3.57 pounds
- Smallest - $40 Harper Lake Escondido .39 pounds
- 1st Prize Day 1 $50 Tam Le San Diego 7.17 pounds
- 2nd Prize Day 1 $40 Hunter Lyden San Diego 7.15 pounds
- 1st Prize Day 2 $50 Don Stephensen Temecula 7.19 pounds
- 2nd Prize Day 2 $40 Han Chang Rosemead 6.57 pounds
- 1st Prize Day 3 $50 Steve Duncan Wildomar 6.46 pounds
- 2nd Prize Day 3 $40 Raul Pacheco Escondido 5.37 pounds
Tagged Fish - $25
- Kirk Beyer
- Trey Vergenz
- Jose Ramos
- Gil Gonzales
- Santhar Sophan
- Jagger Fillipone
- Denny Vath
- Andrew Heiati
- Julian Alvarez
- Ryan Weslowski
- Jagger Wolf
- Julian Chavez
- Matthew Ryan
- Daniel Santos
- Frank DeMarte
Congratulations to all the winners!
ENTRY FEE (DAY USE):
(Charged on weekends, holidays, and during special events such as the Trout Derby)
||$5.00 (cash only)
|Buses/Vehicles over 20 ft.
||$10.00 (cash only)
|Senior Citizens (over 60)