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Reservoirs and Lakes

Miramar Reservoir

 Water activities to be suspended at Miramar Reservoir during underwater pipeline construction project beginning Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023. Learn more.

Hours of Operation

Miramar Reservoir is closed the first Tuesday of each month. More info about closure

Open daily - sunrise to sunset

Holiday Schedule:

OPEN - Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day

CLOSED - Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day


Water Activities, including:

  • Boats
  • Canoes
  • Kayaks
  • Float Tubes

Water Fountains


Leashed Dogs

Picnic Tables

Barbecue Areas
Gas barbecues allowed in designated areas


No Stand Up Paddleboards

No Swimming

No Wading

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

Catfish on white background

Crappie on white background

Trout 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.


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:

  • Kayaks and Canoes

$11 per boat/craft

$6 per craft

Boat, Kayak and Bike Rental Fees


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

About Miramar Reservoir

Miramar Reservoir is owned, operated and maintained by the City of San Diego. Located in the Scripps Ranch community, the dam and reservoir were completed in 1960 as part of the second San Diego Aqueduct project. Water flowing south to the reservoir originates from both the Colorado River Aqueduct and the California Aqueduct. The reservoir is adjacent to the City's Miramar Water Treatment Plant, which serves the northern part of the City. When full, the reservoir has 162 surface acres, a maximum water depth of 114 feet and 4 shoreline miles. Miramar Reservoir has a water storage capacity of 6,682.4-acre feet. Water levels are monitored weekly. See the Miramar Reservoir fact sheet for more information.

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