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Location

1500 Wueste Road
Chula Vista, CA 91915

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Contact Info

Reservoirs and Recreation Program
Public Utilities Department

Hours of Operation

Beginning July 1, 2019, Lower Otay Reservoir will be closed the second Wednesday of each month. PDF icon More info about closure

Open

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
sunrise to sunset

Closed

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Holiday Schedule:

OPEN - Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day

CLOSED - Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day

Recreation

Water Activities, including:

  • Boats
  • Canoes
  • Float Tubes

Water Fountain

Fishing

Leashed Dogs

Picnic Tables

Barbecue Areas
Charcoal and gas barbecues allowed in designated areas

Restrooms


No Stand Up Paddleboards

No Swimming

No Dogs Allowed on Boats

No Camping

No Ground Fires

No Glass Containers

No Littering

No Fish Cleaning Stations

Fishing

What you'll find here...


Largemouth Bass on white background
Largemouth Bass

Bluegill Sunfish on white background
Sunfish

Bullhead Catfish on white background
Catfish

Black 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.


Patrons can purchase permits from the electronic pay station or iron ranger box (envelope system). Permits purchased at Lower Otay can be used on the same day at Upper Otay as well, and vice versa.

CASH OR CHECK ONLY

Fishing
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
Boating

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

Concessions

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

About Lower Otay Reservoir

In 1897, the first Lower Otay Dam was completed by the Southern California Mountain Water Company. The Lower Otay Reservoir was connected to the City of San Diego's water system in 1906 via the Bonita Pipeline. Following heavy rains, the dam burst in 1916 and the Otay Valley was flooded. The dam was rebuilt in 1918 and renamed Savage Dam. When full, Lower Otay Reservoir has 1,100 surface acres, a maximum water depth of 137.5 feet, and 25 shoreline miles. Lower Otay Reservoir has a water storage capacity of to 47,066.9 acre feet. Water levels are monitored weekly. The reservoir is the home of the United States Olympic Training center for rowing sports.

Photo courtesy of SDFish.com

Location

1500 Wueste Road
Chula Vista, CA 91915

Contact Info

Reservoirs and Recreation Program
Public Utilities Department

619-668-2050
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