Daily Permits and Fees

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At El Capitan Reservoir, each person (ages 8 years or older) entering reservoir property (even if not fishing or skiing) is charged a daily recreational use fee and launch fee (if launching a boat other than a kayak). On Sundays (water-contact-only day) that would be the water-contact fee (see fees below).

Please see What's New for days and hours of operation.


Adults - $8
Youth (ages 8 to 15 years) - $2.50
Senior (65 years or older) - $4
Children ages 7 years and under - free


Private Boat Launch - $7
Private Kayaks (single) with one person (all or part of day) - $2 (except at El Capitan Reservoir*)
Private Kayaks (double) with one or two persons (all or part of day) - $7
Private Canoes - $7
* (at El Capitan Reservoir there is a per person charge of $8 for adults or $2.50 for youth ages 8 to 15 years with no additional charge to launch a private kayak)

State of California Fishing License (effective Jan. 1, 2014)
(Annual) $46.44 - (Two-Day) $23.25 - (One-Day) $14.86
(call concession to check for availability.)

Water Contact - El Capitan Reservoir only

Personal Watercraft (jetskis, etc.), wakeboarding, waterskiing, tubing, kneeboarding
Adults - $10
Youth (ages 8 to 15 years) - $5

Turkey Hunting

Rowboat and Blind Reservation - $20
Hunting Permit (Adult) - $10
Hunting Permit (Youth ages 8 to 15 years) - $5

Waterfowl Hunting

Rowboat and Blind Reservation - $40
Hunting Permit (Adult) - $20
Hunting Permit (Youth ages 8 to 15 years) - $10


  • Seasons, fees and operating schedules may be subject to change.
  • Reservoirs are open from sunrise to sunset on operating days only and are closed otherwise.
  • In addition to a daily City recreation permit a state of California fishing license or state of California hunting license is required as appropriate.
  • In addition to the "Rules and Regulations" posted at each reservoir all state and federal regulations must be observed at all times.


  • For your convenience a recorded message detailing current activities, schedules, fishing and hunting results is available at all times by calling (619) 465-3474 (465-FISH).
  • Inquiries regarding overnight accommodations and other visitor services/activities should be directed to the San Diego Tourism Authority (619) 236-1212.
  • Campgrounds and related information are provided by San Diego County, (858) 565-3600; state of California, (619) 220-5422; and federal, (619) 673-6180 agencies.
  • Information on state of California licenses, limits and regulations is available from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife: (858) 467-4201.