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Reservoirs and Lakes

Lower Otay Reservoir

Hours of Operation

Lower Otay Reservoir is closed the second Wednesday of each month. More info about closure

Lower Otay will be closed on Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd, to all motorized boats due to the United States Rowing Regional Championship Regatta


Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
sunrise to sunset


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Holiday Schedule:

OPEN - Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day

CLOSED - Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day


Water Activities, including:

  • Boats
  • Canoes and Kayaks
  • Float Tubes

Water Fountain


Leashed Dogs

Picnic Tables

Barbecue Areas
Charcoal and gas barbecues allowed in designated areas


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


What you'll find here...


Largemouth Bass on white background
Largemouth Bass

Bluegill Sunfish on white background

Bullhead 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). Permits purchased at Lower Otay can be used on the same day at Upper Otay as well, and vice versa.


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 Boating and Watercraft, including:

  • Private Boat Launch
  • Kayaks and Canoes


$11 per boat/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 Lower Otay Reservoir

In 1897, the first Lower Otay Dam was completed by the Southern California Mountain Water Co. 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 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.

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