Lake Morena Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Share with others the experience of paddling this exquisite lake which provides dazzling mountain views and a variety of inlets to explore. You can paddle Lake Morena in sections, or you can paddle the entire perimeter, which is about a four-hour paddle when the lake is full.
Lake Morena usually has calm waters due to no body water contact and a 25 m.p.h. boat speed limit which prohibits fast powerboats, jet and waterskiing. The only drawback is that swimming is not allowed.
Lake Morena is a man-made lake. It is the most remote lake of San Diego’s reservoirs. The only source of water is from rain run-off which causes the lake’s water level to fluctuate from year-to-year. Occasionally, the lake is drained by the city and the water level can drop drastically up to fifty percent less than its capacity. As of 2014, the lake has about 4 miles of shoreline.
Lake Morena provides outstanding kayak angling action for trout, bluegill, crappie, redear sunfish and bass. The fishing was so superb, it was almost to the point of being too easy. Even the 4 year olds were reeling them in from along the shoreline, with their Snoopy fishing rods. Rainbow trout also offer good angling opportunities. which 12,000 rainbow trout in the 7 to 8 inch class are stocked annually in the winter time by the Department of Fish and Game.
Open: Lake Morena offers limitless year-round paddling opportunities one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, seven days a week. The boat speed limit is 25 m.p.h.
Special Notice (01/24/14): Due to the draw down of water at Lake Morena County Park, the boat ramp will be closed to launch personal watercraft until further notice. Personal float tubes, canoes, and kayaks are still able to launch on the lake. The motorized boats available at the lake's marina can still be rented, and are able to operate for daily fishing and water activities. Please call the Lake Morena Park office for further information at (619) 579-4101.
Fees: There are day use, launch, camping and pet fees. There’s a fee for launching your boat, even if you camp.
Lake Facilities: There are 86 tent or RV sites, (58 with water and electric hookups), with flush toilets, water, shower, a grocery store, a boat launch, boat rentals, hiking, boating, and sailing. Windsurfing, SUP boarding, swimming, jet and waterskiing are not permitted. Pets are allowed on a leash..