San Vicente Lake
Canoe, Kayak, Kayak Fishing & Camping Info
Low rocky brush covered mountains surround San Vicente Reservoir which is located twenty-five miles northeast of the city of San Diego. This lake may not be the best choice for novice paddlers because its size. I would estimate the distance around the lake to be closer to eighteen miles than the twelve miles indicated on the lake Information. Nor does the shape of the lake allow for easy crossover access to the opposite shoreline.
San Vicente Reservoir is the ultimate kayak fishing destination due to the wide variety of fish species it offers which consist of black crappie, channel catfish, blue catfish, white catfish, bluegill, Florida-strain largemouth bass, green sunfish, and trout. The best time to fish here is from mid-April to mid May just before the spawn, when the largemouth move into shallower water.
Open: It is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. The reservoir has designated days in which you are permitted to kayak. The boat speed limit is 35 m.p.h. except in the restricted 5 m.p.h. zones and within 200 feet from the shore.
Fees: There are day use, launch and pet fees.
Lake Facilities: Swimming, windsurfing,SUP, jet and waterskiing are not permitted. San Vicente Reservoir offers recreational activities including kayaking, boating, fishing, and water skiing. San Vicente Reservoir allows waterskiing Memorial Day through September. Other services include fishing, sailing, boat rentals, a boat launch, a concession store, and flush toilets which are located near the new marina which will provide shady picnic areas once completed. Pets must be kept fifty feet from the shoreline and are not allowed in the water or on boats. Windsurfing, swimming, and jet skiing are not permitted.