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Location

16850 El Monte Road
Lakeside, CA 92040

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Contact Info

Reservoirs and Recreation Program
Public Utilities Department

Hours of Operation

El Capitan Reservoir is closed the first Friday of each month. PDF icon More info about closure

Winter Schedule

NOVEMBER - APRIL

Friday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset

Saturday

1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset

Wednesday and Thursday
CLOSED

Summer Schedule

MAY - OCTOBER

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset

Monday and Tuesday

1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset

Wednesday and Thursday
CLOSED

Holiday Schedule:

OPEN - Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day

CLOSED - Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day

Recreation

Boating is allowed, including:

  • Canoes
  • Row boats
  • Kayaks
  • Float tubes

Fishing

Leashed Dogs

Picnic Tables

Barbecue Areas

Restrooms


Water contact is NOT allowed until further notice. This includes:

  • Personal watercraft
  • Waterskiing
  • Wakeboarding

No Stand Up Paddleboards

No Swimming

No Wading

No Dogs Allowed on Boats

No Camping

No Glass Containers

No Littering

No Fish Cleaning Stations

Fishing

What you'll find here...


Largemouth Bass on white background
Largemouth Bass

Sunfish on white background
Sunfish

Catfish on white background
Catfish

Crappie on white background
Crappie

Carp on white background
Carp

Permits and Fees

A valid California Fishing License is required for anglers 16 years of age or older. California Department of Fish and Wildlife Freshwater Sport Regulations and City Regulations are strictly enforced.


CASH OR CHECK ONLY

General Admission

Each person 8 years or older will be charged a general admission to enter the reservoir property, even if not fishing or skiing. General admission includes a fishing permit.

No Water Contact
Adults $8 per person
Youth (ages 8 to 15)
Children 7 and under are free.
$2.50 per person
Seniors (age 65 and older) $4 per person
With Water Contact
Water contact is not allowed at this time.

Additional Fees

Private Boating $7 per boat
Boat Rental Fees

Concessions

Concession facilitates may or may not be available. See Rocky Mountain Concession's website for their operating schedule.

About El Capitan Reservoir

The El Capitan Reservoir was created in 1935 with the completion of the El Capitan Dam. That same year the reservoir was connected to the City's water system via the El Capitan Pipeline. Located approximately 30 miles northeast of downtown San Diego, on the San Diego River, El Capitan had the largest capacity in the City reservoir system until the San Vicente Dam Raise Project was completed in 2015. When full, the reservoir has 1,562 surface acres, a maximum water depth of 197 feet, and 22 miles of shoreline. El Capitan Reservoir has a water storage capacity of 112,806.9-acre feet.

Photo courtesy of SDFish.com

Location

16850 El Monte Road
Lakeside, CA 92040

Contact Info

Reservoirs and Recreation Program
Public Utilities Department

619-668-2050
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