Dixon Lake may be small, but the fishing here rivals many large reservoirs. Known best for its channel catfish and largemouth bass, one bass weighing more than 25 pounds—a possible world record—was caught and released here in 2006.

Pedal boats, rowboats, and motor boats are available for rent, or you can try your luck from shore. If the fish aren't biting, two short nature trails are great leg-stretchers: the one-mile Jack Creek Nature Trail and the 0.5-mile Chaparral Interpretive Trail. More serious hikers head up the hill to Daley Ranch, where 20-plus miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horse trails await. –Ann Marie Brown

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Expert Review of Dixon Lake

Parks and Outdoors Review of Dixon Lake

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
ParksExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Freshwater Fishing
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Dixon Lake is open to night fishing for whisker fish on summer evenings. In cooler months, the lake is stocked with rainbow trout.

1700 La Honda Dr.
Escondido, California 92027
Parking: Hours vary by season.

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 760-741-3328
Neighborhood: North County Inland
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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