El Capitan Reservoir draws all kinds of boaters, from pleasure cruisers to jet skis, from kayaks to fishing boats.
Because El Capitan Reservoir is a drinking water supply, body contact with the water is limited. Water skiing and similar sports are only permitted on specified days during the summer. Swimming and stand-up paddleboards are not allowed.
Recorded Information Message: (619) 465-3474 (465-FISH)
Days Open: Thursday - Monday, closed on Tuesday and Wednesday
Thursday - Sunday open for general boating and water skiing, etc. (During winter water skiing, etc., are only permitted on Sundays.)
Monday open for fishing and general boating, no water contact activities, e.g. water skiing
Concession and Rentals open Friday - Sunday, 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.
Entrance: $8 per persons age 16 and older, $2.50 for 8 to 15 years. Children 7 and under are free.
Boat Launch Fee: $7 (kayaks free)
Water Contact Fees: $10 for ages 16 and older, $5 for youths ages 8-15. (This fee is for those using personal watercraft, waterskiing, or similar activities.)
At full capacity, El Capitan Reservoir is 197 feet deep.
Check the current lake level at City of San Diego Reservoir Water Levels
Located at the end of El Monte Road
(619) 443-4110, Rocky Mountain Recreation
|Boat||Seats||2 Hours||Each Added Hour||Half Day||Full Day|
|First come, first served. $60 deposit on fishing boats, $30 on rowboats. Credit cards accepted for boat rentals.|
|Fishing Boat with motor||4||$35||$10||$75|
Notice from the City of San Diego: "Due to the effects of dropping water levels water-skiing, wakeboarding and all other towable devices will be limited to 25 vessels per day. Once the 25 vessel capacity is reached, there will be no permits sold for water contact towing. Towable devices include traditional water skis, training water skis, air chairs, wakeboards, wakeskates, kneeboards, ski seats, tubes and all other towable devises. Weekends will often reach capacity by 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays are generally slower. Please plan accordingly. Currently there are no restrictions for the launching of personal water craft (PWC) or vessels not engaged in water contact activities that involve towing."
Boat capacity hotline: (619) 668-2770
Boaters at El Capitan Reservoir are asked to help avoid the spread of quagga mussels and the potential closure of the reservoir by doing the following:
Any vessel traveling from one freshwater body to another should be thoroughly dry, inside and out. It is best for boats to remain dry and out of the water for at least five days before going to another water body.
1Boats are either classified as fishing or water contact, there are no mixed boats. If a boat is towing even one person, it is classified as a water contact boat and everyone on board must pay the water contact fees.
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