Reservoirs and Lakes
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
sunrise to sunset
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
OPEN - Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day
CLOSED - Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
Water Activities, including:
Charcoal and gas barbecues allowed in designated areas
No Stand Up Paddleboards
No Dogs Allowed on Boats
No Ground Fires
No Glass Containers
No Fish Cleaning Stations
What you'll find here...
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
|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:
|$7 per boat/craft|
Concession facilitates may or may not be available. See Rocky Mountain Concession's website for their operating schedule.
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