Lake Hodges opening day. It's always so fun to see fellow San Diegan's having fun! Amongst the enthusiastic opening-day crowd were Stand-up paddle boarders (SUP'ers), dock fishermen, boat fisherman, cruisers, windsurfers, pedal kayakers, picnic'ers, hikers, walkers and mountain bikers. It was truly a thrill to see the parking lot almost completely full as many San Diegan's made the sacrifice to be there for opening day and enjoy the invigoration of being out on and next to this gorgeous body of water. HERE is a video of how full the parking lot was. The 1,234-acre reservoir that has been closed since November, but the serene paradise is home to fishermen/women and just plain lovers of lovely landscapes and hiking, is opening its gates to let the good times roll.
The lake’s shoreline stretches for 27 miles, surrounding a pristine body of water that sinks as low as 115 feet deep.
The park just south of Escondido at Del Dios is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Lake Hodges has six barbecues and 12 picnic tables, perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
Leashed dogs are allowed at Lake Hodges, the city said.
A wide range of water activities are allowed at the park, including fishing, boating, canoeing, tubing, and paddleboarding.
There is no swimming or camping allowed at the reservoir. To learn more about the rules and opportunities at Lake Hodges, click here.
Lake Hodges supplies water to the San Dieguito Water District and Santa Fe Irrigation District, according to its website.
The park itself doesn’t have a drinking fountain, so the city warns San Diegans to bring their own water.
Lake Hodges was created in 1918 with the building of Hodges Dam on San Dieguito Creek. It is owned by the city of San Diego and operated by the Public Utilities Department.
For information about Hodges, including boating and fishing rules and permits, as well as details about the City’s other reservoirs, please visit sandiego.gov/reservoirs-lakes.