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Gems of San Diego

Home of fun and out-of-the way places in San Diego

San Diego Lakes

Most of the fresh water lakes in San Diego are actually reservoirs. We are incredibly lucky here because these valuable resources are also open for public recreational use. Not a normal situation, San Diego is widely recognized as a pioneer in the multiple use (for recreation) of water supply reservoirs.

The public has access to all of the City's reservoirs for a ton of outdoor activities including fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, waterfowl hunting, [yes, hunting] etc. Also, you can get in on the water contact program if you like with seasonal access for water-skiing, jet skiing and windsurfing!

Here is a link to the San Diego Water Recreation website for current access, permit, and fees information.

Otay Lake

Otay Lake & Reservoir

A trip to Upper Otay Lake and Lower Otay Lake, as the two sections are called, is an excellent adventure for a couple of hours or all day! There is open land to explore with hiking trails, an excellent path that goes around the lake for biking or even walking [not the whole way!]; there are boat ramps and water craft for rent [Lower Lake only]; there are beach areas that include picnic and even camping areas [Lower Otay], and on and on. Oh, did I mention that the Upper Otay lake is one of only 2 lakes in San Diego County that has a Catch and Release fishing program!

More Info

Coming Soon

In the days and weeks ahead, as time permits, we will be adding to this category. Here are some of the places we will be adding:

Santee Lakes

San Vicente Reservoir

El Capitan

Lake Hodges

Lake Cuyamaca

Lake Miramar

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