Lake Wohlford Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
NOTE: In order to protect Lake Wohlford from quagga mussels, there is a temporary ban on private watercraft, including kayaks and canoes. Before departing to this destination contact the Park Ranger at Ph: 760 839-4346 to inquire to see if they have lifted the ban on private watercraft.
The natural beauty, and easily accessible, makes Lake Wohlford an ideal destination for novice paddlers, who enjoy scenic get-a-ways, without a long drive to get there, for a days outing. Nestled in the hills above Escondido, approximately one hour north of San Diego,
Lake Wohlford provides a peaceful haven for kayaking, SUP paddling and kayak fishing. There isn't any camping facilities at the lake. The nearest camping facility is located a couple of miles away at Woods Valley Campground. The lake itself is packed with things to do, from fishing to picnicking lakeside, to hiking, so whatever your preference, you’re sure to feel satisfied.
The east end of lake and shoreline upstream from buoy line and the west end of lake and shoreline between buoy line and dam are closed to the public. You can purchase fishing permits at Lake Wohlford Cafe or Oakvale Park. For boat rentals and launch fees go to Lake Wohlford Cafe located adjacent to the lake on the north side and on the south side is Oakvale Park. This facility also offers bait, ice and groceries, as well as a picnic area, snack bar and restaurant.
With 190 acres of water packed with trout, largemouth bass and catfish, this spot is sheer dreamland for fishermen. Largemouth bass, catfish, trout, bluegill, and crappie are all abundant at Lake Wohlford with huge catfish caught weekly and trout planted yearly up to July 4th. Daily permits are required for fishing. Permits are not transferable. Report all fish caught to dock attendant. You can obtain a permit at Lake Wohlford Cafe Ph: 760749-6585
Open: In order to protect Lake Wohlford from quagga mussels, there is a temporary ban on private watercraft, including kayaks and canoes. Before departing to this destination contact the Park Ranger at Ph: 760 839-4346 to inquire to see if they have lifted the ban on private watercraft. Lake Wohlford is open seven days a week from mid-December through the weekend after Labor Day in September. After Labor Day, Lake Wohlford is open only on Saturdays and Sundays until mid-December. Fishing is permitted from 6:00 a.m. to dusk. The boat dock closes at 6:30 p.m. The boat speed limit is 5 m.p.h.
Lake Facilities: The lake facilities include a
tree shaded grassy picnic area, with picnic tables,
and barbecue grills, restroom facilities, portable
toilets, a snack bar, a boat launch and fishing
docks. Swimming, SUP baording, jet and
waterskiing are not permitted. They have fishing and
row boats you can rent.