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Waterfowl and Turkey Hunting

The hunting programs run by the City of San Diego's Public Utilities Department is offered as an opportunity to the public to enjoy an expanded recreational opportunity.  Barrett offers Waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays and Turkey hunting is offered at Sutherland on Wednesdays and Saturdays at most blind locations.  Season dates and bag limits are established annually by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife within framework established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  For all questions regarding seasons, rules, regulations and hunting areas please see the California DFW webpage.  For further information, call 619-668-2050 or email [email protected]

All fees on lottery days are accepted in cash, check or money order only!  All checks/money orders should be made payable to "City of San Diego Treasurer."

Waterfowl Reservations and Fees

Reservations are sold in advance via lottery draw method in October; please see the What's New page for date and time information posted by the end of September.  Lottery draw is in-person only.  Reservations are issued only to persons 16 years of age or older, and in possession of a current State of California Hunting License. Thereafter, in-person reservations may be made at the City of San Diego's Water Operations office, San Vicente Substation, 12375 Moreno Ave., Lakeside, CA 92040-1135. In-person sales after the lottery are by appointment only, please call 619-668-2050 at least 24 hours beforehand.

Lottery method is by numbered poker chips.  Numbered poker chips are placed in a large container and everyone draws one chip.  Once everyone has a chip hunters line up by the order of the number on their chip.  Everyone going through the first time is limited in the number of dates they can select; this varies by season and number of blinds available.  Once everyone has gone through once, everyone is permitted to go through a second time (same order) and purchase as many dates as they wish.

The fee for each reservation is $40 and covers the cost of the hunting area and rental rowboat. Hunters are encouraged to bring outboard motors up to 20 horsepower. Rental motors are also available for $29.50 on the day of the hunt. Hunting trespass permits are $20 each for adults and $10 each for children 8 to 15 years of age however if reservations are made at least one day in advance the $40 reservation fee will also cover the hunting trespass fees listed above. Hunters must obtain a State license before they'll be allowed to hunt on City property.

No refund for confirmed reservations will be made under any circumstances.  For further information, call 619-668-2050 or email [email protected].

All additional information will be available only on the day of the lottery such as maps, reservation forms and time sheets.  Staff will be available 30 minutes prior to the draw to answer questions.

Waterfowl Rules and Regulations

Reservation holders must report to the Barrett Reservoir gate on Lyons Valley Road at least two and a half hours before sunrise as staff leaves the gate to go to the reservoir at exactly two hours before sunrise. Legal shooting begins one-half hour before sunrise. After 9 a.m.., hunters may engage in boat hunting but will not be permitted within 100 yards of other hunters or the boat dock. All hunters must return to the dock by 11:30 a.m.. and be off the premises by noon.

Barrett Reservoir is divided into hunting areas, i.e.. a section of shoreline numerically identified with shoreline limits indicated by numbered sign posts. The location of each area is selected on the basis of safety and hunting efficiency.

Each individual reservation entitles the holder (and up to two guests) to the use of one hunting area. No more than one hunting area per day will be assigned to an individual. The specific hunting area assigned per hunter or hunting group is determined only on the morning of the hunt by lottery system. Within each hunting area, there may be some amount of natural shoreline brush and cover which can be fashioned into a blind by the hunting group. Hunters may bring a portable blind and install it within their hunting area.

Non-toxic shot is required. Possession of lead shot while waterfowl hunting is prohibited by federal law.

Dogs will be allowed for retrieval of downed waterfowl. Dogs must have a current, valid license, and be kept on a leash while in the dock and parking lot areas.

Hunting is limited exclusively to waterfowl game species (ducks, geese, and coots/gallinules) and common snipe. Hunting of any other bird or mammal, whether a game or non-game species, is not permitted. Target shooting, fishing and fishing tackle are prohibited.

All rules pertaining to the City of San Diego, as well as state and federal hunting regulations, must be observed.

Turkey Hunting Reservation and Fees

Reservations are sold in advance for the entire season, please see the What's New page for date and time information posted by the end of January.  Reservations are issued only to persons 16 years of age or older, and in possession of a current State of California Hunting License.  Unlike the waterfowl hunts, absolutely no tickets are sold after this lottery date.

The fee for each reservation is $20 for a blind area, adults are $10 (18 and older) and youth (8-17 years of age) are $5.  Blind areas that cannot be accessed by vehicle have a rowboat included that can be upgraded to a motorboat on the day of the hunt for $29.50.  Each blind area can hold two people only.

Lottery method is by filling out an entry card upon arrival and submitting it; all duplicates will be discarded and may bar you from future lotteries.  All the cards are mixed and placed in a metal cage that is spun and cards are drawn from here.  First drawn will have first pick of date and location, second drawn second pick until all hunts are taken.  Once your date is selected you proceed to the payment area.  All payment is in cash, check or money order only.  Checks and money orders should be made payable to "City of San Diego Treasurer."

No refund for confirmed reservations will be made under any circumstances.  For further information, call 619-668-2050 or email [email protected].

All additional handouts will be made available only on the day of the lottery draw.  Both members of NWTF (National Wild Turkey Federation) and City Staff will be available on the day of the lottery to answer questions.

Turkey Hunting Rules and Regulations

The actual lottery winner and/or designated partner must be present and show photo identification to the Lake Staff. A lottery winner’s privilege to hunt is not transferable. Should you choose or be required to leave the premises (including ejection) your partner must leave with you. Remember, as the lottery winner, you are the party of record. Violation of rules or guidelines may be cause for ejection without refund. No one gets to hunt more than once, either as a Primary or Partner.  There are NO observation/non-hunting spots.  Parents/legal guardians attending their child during the youth hunt season may hunt in the general season as they are not permitted to hunt during the youth hunt season.

All youth hunt winners must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian only, no exceptions. Youth winners may not hunt in the general season.

There are no refunds, switching of dates, name changes or exchanging of permits allowed.  If one of the hunters cannot make it, no one is permitted; it is all or none must be present.

Further detailed directions, restrictions, rules and regulations will be made available to winners and their partners.

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