Lower Otay Lake
Lower Otay Lake Kayak, Canoe, & Kayak Fishing Information
Lower Otay Lake is located near the Mexico border, east of Chula Vista, twenty miles southeast of San Diego. Lower Otay Lake is owned by the City of San Diego and is the home of the United States Olympic Training center for rowing sports.
The lake is bordered by a few stands of chaparral trees and rolling brush covered hills and is primarily used for paddling. When full, Lower Otay Lake has 1,100 surface acres, a maximum water depth of 137.5 feet, and 25 shoreline miles.
Lower Otay Lake is known for its trophy size largemouth bass weighing in at 18.75 pounds. The lake has a lot of structures including underwater holes and ledges, submerged trees and brush in the Otay and Harvey arms which are where you are more likely to catch one of these monster size critters. Additional fishing opportunities at Lower Otay Lake include bluegill, crappie, and catfish.
Open: The lake is open February 1st through the end of September on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from sunrise to sunset to kayaks and canoes. Lower Otay Reservoir is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Always call in advance to confirm the current days open to paddlers on this lake. There is a 35 m.p.h. boat speed limit. Due to increased security measures, vessels may be inspected as a requirement for entry into the reservoirs. Otay's concession is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Concession Ph: 619 397-5212 NOTE: Lower Otay Lake is infested with quagga mussels.
Fees: There are pet, launch and day use fees.
Lake Facilities: Swimming, windsurfing,SUP, jet and waterskiing are not permitted. The facilities consist of a boat launch, a snack bar, picnicking, boating and fishing. Dogs are not allowed on boats or in the water. Dogs must be on a leash at all times and kept at least 50 feet away from the water. Stand-Up Paddleboards are currently not permitted at any time on On Lower Otay Reservoir. All boat rentals, including kayaks are available on a first come basis. Boat rentals are available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Lower Otay's picnic area has barbecues and picnic tables. Visitors can bring self contained gas barbecues for use in designated areas only. Ground fires, glass containers and camping are not allowed at the park.