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22850 Sutherland Dam Road
Ramona, CA 92065

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Reservoirs and Recreation Program
Public Utilities Department

All vessels must be inspected for quagga mussels by City reservoir staff at the Quagga Inspection Station prior to entering the reservoir (Quagga Inspection Station is located near the boat launch ramp).

Hours of Operation

Sutherland Reservoir is closed the third Friday of each month. PDF icon More infoabout closure



Last day open to general public is
Sunday, September 25, 2022

Friday, Saturday and Sunday
(vessels permitted on Saturday and Sunday only)
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
  • Row Boats
  • Kayaks
  • Float Tubes

Wheelchair accessible

Water Fountain

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 Concessions

No Glass Containers

No Littering

No Fish Cleaning Stations

Fishing and Hunting

What you'll find here...

Largemouth Bass on white background
Largemouth Bass

Sunfish on white background

Catfish 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).


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:

  • Canoes and Kayaks

$11 per boat/craft

$6 per craft

Hunting Permit Turkey Hunting Info
Adult (ages 16 years and older) $18
Youth (ages 8 to 15 years) $10

Row Boat and Blind Reservation



Concession facilities are NOT available. Anglers must bring their own water, food and lures to this reservoir. Glass containers are prohibited.

About Sutherland Reservoir

Construction on Sutherland Dam began in 1927, but it was not completed until 1954. Sutherland Reservoir is located approximately 45 miles northeast of downtown San Diego on Santa Ysabel Creek. When full, the reservoir has 556.8 surface acres, a maximum water depth of 145 feet, and 5.25 shoreline miles. Sutherland Reservoir has a water storage capacity of 29,508 acre feet.

Photo courtesy of SDFish.com


22850 Sutherland Dam Road
Ramona, CA 92065

Contact Info

Reservoirs and Recreation Program
Public Utilities Department