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5540 Kiowa Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942

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Contact Info

Reservoirs and Recreation Program
Public Utilities Department

Hours of Operation

Murray Reservoir is closed the second Tuesday of each month. PDF icon 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 Smoking

No Stand Up Paddleboards

No Swimming

No Wading

No Dogs Allowed on Boats

No Water Fountains

No Camping

No Ground Fires

No Alcoholic Beverages

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

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 and Kayak Rental Fees


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

About Murray Reservoir

Murray Reservoir Dam was constructed in 1918 by the Cuyamaca Water Co. The City of San Diego took over the operation of the reservoir in 1950 from the Helix Water District, and the City purchased the reservoir from Helix 10 years later. Murray Reservoir is located in the eastern part of the City, north of Interstate 8 and Lake Murray Boulevard, on the border with the City of La Mesa. When full, the reservoir has 171.1 surface acres, a maximum water depth of 95 feet and 3.2 shoreline miles. Murray Reservoir has a water storage capacity of 4,684.2-acre feet.

  • photo of Murray Reservoir

Photo courtesy of SDFish.com


5540 Kiowa Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942

Contact Info

Reservoirs and Recreation Program
Public Utilities Department