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Miramar Reservoir

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 four shoreline miles. Miramar Reservoir has a water storage capacity of 6,682.4-acre feet. Water levels are monitored weekly.

Map to Miramar Reservoir

This reservoir is very popular for bicycling, jogging, walking, rollerblading and picnicking. A paved service road encircles the reservoir and runs 4.92 miles. Vehicular traffic is permitted on this road seven days a week during normal operating days and hours.

There are 18 barbecues and 48 picnic tables located around the lake. Patrons can bring their own gas barbecues for use in designated areas only. No ground fires or glass containers are allowed. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times and at least 50 feet away from the water. Dogs are not allowed on any boats. Overnight camping is not allowed at Miramar Reservoir.


Please see "What's New - Miramar" for current days and hours of operation. They rent boats on a first-come basis only, no reservations. There is bait available - shiners, crawdads, night crawlers, mealworms and wax worms. Patrons can use credit cards for boat rentals and other purchases, but permits are cash only.


On days or times that the concession is closed, patrons can purchase permits from the electronic pay station or the iron ranger box (envelope system).

The reservoir has Florida-strain largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, and sunfish. Minimum size limit for bass is 12 inches. Fish limits are five bass, five catfish and 25 bluegill in aggregate, with no limit of other species.

Anglers 16 years of age or older must have a California state fishing license. Fish catch information is updated weekly.

Water Craft

Miramar Reservoir Picture

In addition to fishing from boats, patrons can use float tubes, waders or simply fish from shore. Use of float tubes is restricted to within 150 feet or less from shore. Float tubers must wear chest waders, have a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device readily available at all times and have 144 square inches of international orange visible at least 12 inches above the waterline. They must also possess a horn or whistle to warn approaching craft. Any float tube that uses oars or has a motor must purchase a private boat use permit.


From Interstate 15, take the Mira Mesa Boulevard east, turn right on Scripps Ranch Boulevard and then left on Scripps Lake Drive. The reservoir entrance will be on your left.

More Information

For additional information, call the recording at 619-465-3474, contact the City's Reservoirs and Recreation Program office at 619-668-2050 or email [email protected]


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