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Lower Otay Lake

Lower Otay Lake Kayaking

Lower Otay Lake Kayak, Canoe, & Kayak Fishing Information

 This destination is infested with quagga mussels.  Cllick here for proper ceaning. Lower Otay Lake is located near the Mexico border, east of Chula Vista, twenty miles sLower Otay Lake Kayakingoutheast 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.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 68 89 70 74 76 82 87 88 87 80 74 68
Low 42 44 46 50 55 59 61 64 61 55 45 40

Open: The lake is open February 1st through the end of September on Wednesdays, Lower Otay Lake Kayak FishngSaturdays 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 firsThe Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Bookt 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.



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