Dixon Lake Recreation Area1700 La Honda Dr
Escondido, CA 92027
Description and Local Attractions
Dixon Lake is a jewel in the hills above Escondido. Campsites at Dixon Lake range from secluded and shaded, to wide open views of the lake, mountains or city lights. The campground is open year-round, with 24 hour accessibility. Roads and trails from the Dixon Lake campground provide walking access to great trout, catfish and bass spots along the shore. There are boats available for rent at the Park's concessions as well.
If you've been to Dixon Lake lately, you may have noticed that we've had a bit of an increase in 4-legged bandit activity. Our raccoon population has been taking advantage of food and trash left out on tables and near trash cans. While the raccoons are not as dangerous as the famous Yosemite bears, they can be quite assertive when it comes to taking what they want, when they want it. Here are a few tips to keep the "bandits" at bay:
- Never leave food out on tables when you leave your campsite. Put all food in your car or in the food storage locker provided on the campsite.
- Do not entice the raccoons with handouts. This only makes them expect to be fed, which leads to assertive behavior when they're ignored.
- Make sure the lid to your trash can is fully secured. You may notice raccoon tracks on our trash can lids, because they can climb easily. However, they have not been able to open lids that are properly secured.
- Don't leave extra bags of trash next to the trash cans. If you have more trash than will fit in a trash can, notify a member of the Dixon Lake staff. Someone will stop by and properly dispose of the excess trash.
- Finally, remember that raccoons and pets don't mix, and pet food left out on your campsite will only invite trouble.
Rules and Regulations for Dogs at Dixon Lake
- All dogs must be maintained on a leash of no more than 6' at all times. The leash must be held or controlled by the person handling the dog.
- All persons bringing dogs to Dixon Lake shall be responsible for immediately cleaning up after the dog. Waste disposal bags shall be placed in a trash can.
- All dogs brought to Dixon Lake must have a current license issued by the animal regulation agency where the dog owner resides. Proof of licensure or current vaccination record may be required at any time.
- Dogs are not allowed within 50' of the shoreline, nor are they allowed in any boats on the lake. Service animals are exempt from this requirement.
- Dogs shall not be left unattended in any camper, motor home, tent, vehicle or other camping equipment at any time. Animals in distress will be released from unattended vehicles by the appropriate enforcement agency.
- Continually barking dogs in the campground may result in loss of camping privileges for the owner/handler.
- Dogs are not to be tied to any trees, shrubs, posts, fences or any other items at any time.
- No more than three (3) dogs will be allowed in any campsite at any time. Visitors to campsites must register any dogs at the concession stand prior to visiting any campsite. Visiting dogs are counted in the total number of dogs on the site.
- No dogs are allowed in any buildings at Dixon Lake, including restrooms, the rental cabin or the Ranger station. Service animals are exempt from this exclusion.
The above rules and regulations are enforced pursuant to Escondido Municipal Code Section 18-108(a)(2):
No person shall bring a dog or other domestic animal into a recreation area except where signs are present indicating that dogs or other domestic animals are allowed, subject to the conditions and restrictions posted on such signs.
Customer Service hours are Monday through Friday, 7 AM - 4 PM. Please call (760) 839-4013 for assistance.
Events and Activities
Our first trout stock will be Wednesday, November 15, 2017. We'll be putting in 4,000 pounds of beautiful rainbows from Calaveras Trout Farm, located in Snelling, CA. It's likely the stock truck won't arrive until late in the day, but you're welcome to come out Wednesday morning to check out the lake and drown some worms. The lake opens at 6:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. every day during the fall and winter months (Closed Christmas Day).
Dixon Lake's 39th Annual Trout Derby begins on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 6:00 a.m. and will end on Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the largest and smallest fish overall, and largest fish each day by age category. We'll also be tagging some of the fish, and the first 15 tagged fish brought in will win a prize as well. Dixon Lake will be closed to all fishing activity from Wednesday, November 29 through Thursday, November 30. This will help preserve the stock for the derby.
Please note that private boats or other watercraft are NOT allowed at any time. Fishing permits are required during all fishing hours and must be purchased at the concession stand prior to fishing. Park Rangers cannot sell permits on shore or at the boat dock. Bait and other supplies are also available at the concession stand. Please see a Park Ranger on duty for full details on fishing rules.
Remember, no alcohol is allowed on shore or in boats. Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the park. Violations of these rules will result in ejection from the lake.
See the Dixon Lake page on the City's website (www.escondido.org) for more information.