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Reservoirs and Lakes

Hodges Reservoir

Hours of Operation

NOTICE: Hodges Reservoir is open for the season for kayaking, canoeing, shore fishing, rental boat fishing and float tubes. Currently, the City’s Domestic Water Supply Permit with the state Division of Drinking Water does not allow water contact activities of any kind, due to water quality. Learn more. about closure

All vessels must be inspected for quagga mussels by City reservoir staff at the Quagga Inspection Station prior to entering the reservoir (Quagga Inspection Station is located near the boat launch ramp). about closure



Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
sunrise to sunset



Holiday Schedule:

OPEN - Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day

CLOSED - Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day


Water Activities, including:

  • Rental Boats
  • Canoes
  • Kayaks
  • Float Tubes

Wheelchair accessible

Leashed Dogs

Picnic Tables

Barbecue Areas
Gas barbecues allowed in designated areas


No Swimming

No Water Contact Activities

No Dogs Allowed on Boats

No Water Fountains

No Camping

No Ground Fires

No Glass Containers

No Littering

No Fish Cleaning Stations

No Boat Launch



What you'll find here:


Largemouth Bass on white background
Largemouth Bass

Bluegill Sunfish on white background

Catfish on white background

Black Crappie on white background

Carp on white background

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.

Patrons can purchase permits from the electronic pay station or iron ranger box (envelope system).


Adults$11 per person
Youth (ages 8 to 15)
Children 7 and under are free.
$4 per person
Seniors (age 65 and older)$6 per person
  • Private Boats
  • Kayaks and Canoes
  • SUP and Windsurfing
  • $11 per boat
  • $6 per craft
  • $6 per craft
Boat and Kayak Rental Fees


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

About Hodges Reservoir

Hodges Reservoir was created with the building of Hodges Dam on San Dieguito Creek in 1918. The City of San Diego purchased the dam and reservoir in 1925. Operated and maintained by the City of San Diego's Public Utilities Department, the reservoir currently serves the San Dieguito Water District and Santa Fe Irrigation District as well as the City. When full, the reservoir has 1,234 surface acres, a maximum water depth of 115 feet and 27 shoreline miles. Hodges Reservoir has a water storage capacity of 30,251 acre-feet. Water levels are monitored.

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  • Anglers on a boat displaying their fish at Hodges Reservoir