Waterfowl and Turkey Hunting
Waterfowl hunting is offered seasonally at Barrett Reservoir only on Wednesdays and Saturdays during hunting season. The season for the Southern California Zone generally runs from mid-October through mid-January. Season dates and bag limits are established annually by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife within framework established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Reservations and Fees
There is usually a mail-in lottery held in September. Reservations are sold in advance for the entire season, generally on the first or second Saturday in October, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are issued only to persons 16 years of age or older, and in possession of a current State of California Hunting License. Thereafter, in-person reservations may be made at the City of San Diego's Water Operations office, San Vicente Substation, 12375 Moreno Ave., Lakeside, CA 92040-1135. Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In-person reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
The fee for each reservation is $40.00 and covers the cost of the hunting area and rental rowboat. Hunters are encouraged to bring outboard motors up to 20 horsepower. Rental motors are also available for $29.50. Hunting trespass permits, required of every person, are $20.00 each for adults and $10 each for children 8 to 15 years of age, and must be obtained at the reservoir on the morning of each hunt from the City attendant. If reservations are made at least one day in advance, the $40.00 reservation fee will also cover the hunting trespass fees listed above. Hunters must obtain a State license before they'll be allowed to hunt on City property.
No refund for confirmed reservations will be made under any circumstances. To be added to the City's waterfowl hunting mailing list, please send your email and name to [email protected] and include "Hunting mailing list" in the subject line. For further information, call (619) 668-2050 or email [email protected].
Rules and Regulations
Reservation holders must report to the Barrett Reservoir gate on Lyons Valley Road at least two and a half hours before sunrise as staff leaves the gate to go to the reservoir at exactly two hours before sunrise. Legal shooting begins one-half hour before sunrise. After 9 a.m., hunters may engage in boat hunting but will not be permitted within 100 yards of other hunters or the boat dock. All hunters must return to the dock by 11:30 a.m. and be off the premises by noon.
Barrett Reservoir is divided into hunting areas, i.e. a section of shoreline numerically identified with shoreline limits indicated by numbered sign posts. The location of each area is selected on the basis of safety and hunting efficiency.
Each individual reservation entitles the holder (and up to two guests) to the use of one hunting area. No more than one hunting area per day will be assigned to an individual. The specific hunting area assigned per hunter or hunting group is determined only on the morning of the hunt by lottery system. Within each hunting area, there may be some amount of natural shoreline brush and cover which can be fashioned into a blind by the hunting group. Hunters may bring a portable blind and install it within their hunting area.
Non-toxic shot is required. Possession of lead shot while waterfowl hunting is prohibited by federal law.
Dogs will be allowed for retrieval of downed waterfowl. Dogs must have a current, valid license, and be kept on a leash while in the dock and parking lot areas.
Hunting is limited exclusively to waterfowl game species (ducks, geese, and coots/gallinules) and common snipe. Hunting of any other bird or mammal, whether a game or non-game species, is not permitted. Target shooting, fishing and fishing tackle are prohibited.
All rules pertaining to the City of San Diego, as well as state and federal hunting regulations, must be observed. Weekly hunting results will be available by calling the City Hunting and Fishing Hot Line at (619) 465-FISH (3474).
Turkey hunting is offered from late March to early May at Sutherland Reservoir only. Reservations are distributed at the "Turkey Tune-Up", in late February. To be added to the email list, send an email to [email protected] with your name and email address, and "Turkey hunting" in the subject line, this list is email only. Permits are required, purchasable only at the tune-up and both you and your hunting partner must be present to win.