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Daily Permits and Fees

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At El Capitan each person (age 8 or older) entering lake property (even if not fishing or skiing) is charged a daily recreational use fee and launch fee (if launching a boat other than a kayak). On Sundays (water contact only day) that would be the water contact fee (see fees below). Please see What's New for days and hours of operatiion.


Adults - $ 8.00
Youth (age 8-15) - $ 2.50
Senior (65 or older) - $4.00
Children 7 & under - free


Private Boat Launch - $ 7.00
Private Kayaks (single) with one person (all or part of day) - $2.00 (except at El Capitan*)
Private Kayaks (double) with one or two persons (all or part of day) - $7.00
Private Canoes - $7.00
* (at El Capitan there is a per person charge of $8.00 for adults or $2.50 for children 8-15 years of age with no additional charge to launch a private kayak)

State Fishing License (effective 1/1/14)
(Annual) $46.44 - (Two-Day) $23.25 - (One-Day) $14.86
(call concession to check for availability.)

Water Contact - El Capitan only

(Personal watercraft (jetskis, etc.), Wakeboarding, Waterskiing, Tubing, Kneeboarding)
Adults - $10.00
Youth (age 8-15) - $5.00

Turkey Hunting

Rowboat and Blind Reservation - $20.00
Hunting Permit (Adult) - $10.00
Hunting Permit (Youth 8-15 years of age - $5.00

Waterfowl Hunting

Rowboat and Blind Reservation - $40.00
Hunting Permit (Adult) - $20.00
Hunting Permit (Youth 8-15 years of age - $10.00

NOTICE: Seasons, fees and operating schedules may be subject to change. Reservoirs are open from sunrise to sunset on operating days only and are closed otherwise. In addition to a daily City recreation permit a State fishing license or State hunting license is required as appropriate. In addition to the Rules and Regulations posted at each reservoir all State and Federal regulations must be observed at all times.

INFORMATION: For your convenience a recorded message detailing current activities, schedules, fishing and hunting results is available at all times by calling (619) 465-3474 (465-FISH).

Inquiries regarding overnight accommodations and other visitor services and activities should be directed to the San Diego Tourism Authority (619) 236-1212. Campgrounds and related information are provided by County (858) 565-3600, State (619) 220-5422 and Federal (619) 673-6180 agencies. Information on State licenses, limits and regulations is available from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (858) 467-4201.