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Chollas Lake Park

Program Guide  PDF icon Chollas Lake Map

What's Open

Walk/Jog/Run/Bike for Fitness

Begins 6:30 a.m. daily. Come enjoy the breeze, the peaceful water, and local wildlife while you exercise. Remember to wear face masks and maintain proper social distancing.

Fishing Clinic

Sundays and alternate Saturdays 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you need to borrow a pole, please arrive before 1:30 pm. Open to children 15 years of age and under. No experience or equipment necessary. Fishing lessons, bait, and fun provided. Need help with your own equipment? Instructors will be happy to assist. This is a free program.

What's Coming Back (start date unknown)

Adult Walking Class

Meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the park office. Intro/Beginner level. This is a free program, adults only.

Nature Crafts

Every other Saturday crafts are available 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., a different craft each time, for all ages. This is a free program.


Every Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., ages 8 and up. Learn safety, technique, posture, aim, and focus. Play fun games and bring your own target to share with the group if you wish. Limit 10 people per session, first come, first served. This is a free program.

Check out our PDF icon Program Guide and our PDF icon Chollas Lake Map for more information.

History of the Lake

As a reservoir built in 1901, Chollas Lake helped serve early San Diego's water supply. In 1966 it was turned over to the Parks & Recreation Department, and was designated a youth fishing lake (for children ages 15 and under only) in 1971.

Directions and Bus Route

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From Interstate 805 take the state Route 94 freeway east and exit on Broadway/College Avenue. Turn right on College Avenue and then left on College Grove Drive. The entrance is on the right, just past College Grove Way.

The park is accessible by bus via SDMTS Routes 5, 856, 916 and 936.