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20175 Lake Drive
Escondido, CA 92029

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Reservoirs and Recreation Program
Public Utilities Department

San Dieguito River Park trails in the area of Hodges Reservoir are closed until further notice, including the Bernardo Bay Parking Area and the Piedras Pintadas trail.

Hours of Operation

Hodges Reservoir is currently closed for boating and fishing for necessary maintenance of Hodges Dam, which began May 19, 2022. 

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Water Activities, including:

  • Boats
  • Canoes
  • Row Boats
  • Kayaks
  • Sailboarding
  • Float Tubes
  • Stand Up Paddleboards

Wheelchair accessible

Leashed Dogs

Picnic Tables

Barbecue Areas
Gas barbecues allowed in designated areas


No Swimming

No Wading

No Dogs Allowed on Boats

No Water Fountains

No Camping

No Ground Fires

No Glass Containers

No Littering

No Fish Cleaning Stations


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 $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

Private Boating and Watercraft, including:

  • Private Boat Launch
  • Double Kayaks (Single Kayaks are $2 per craft)
  • Canoes
$7 per boat/craft

Boat and Kayak Rental Fees

Boards, including:

  • Stand Up Paddle Boards
  • Sail Boards
$7 per board


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.

  • Hodges ReservoirPhoto courtesy of SDFish.com
  • Anglers on a boat displaying their fish at Hodges Reservoir


20175 Lake Drive
Escondido, CA 92029

Contact Info

Reservoirs and Recreation Program
Public Utilities Department