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Lakes and Recreation

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What are commonly referred to as the San Diego city lakes are actually impounding reservoirs, which are part of the City of San Diego's municipal water supply system. The City has offered public recreational use of its reservoirs since 1913, when the nucleus of the present water storage system was purchased from private operators. The City is widely recognized as a pioneer in the multiple use (for recreation) of water supply reservoirs.

The public is provided supervised recreational access to all of the City's reservoirs for a variety of traditional outdoor activities, including fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, waterfowl hunting, etc. In addition, the City offers a popular water contact program with seasonal access for water-skiing, jet skiing and windsurfing.

Attention: Reservoir schedules are subject to change and occasional closures. Please be sure to check What's New for this and other important information.