Considered one of the most beautiful spots in San Diego, Miramar Reservoir is owned, operated and maintained by the City of San Diego.

Located in the Scripps Ranch community, the dam and reservoir were completed in 1960 as part of the second San Diego Aqueduct project, according to information provided by www.sandiego.gov. Water flowing south to the reservoir originates from both the Colorado River Aqueduct and the California Aqueduct. The reservoir is adjacent to the city’s Miramar Water Treatment Plant, which serves the northern part of the San Diego.

When full, the reservoir has 162 surface acres, a maximum water depth of 114 feet, and four shoreline miles. In mid-February, the water depth was about 92% of maximum. Miramar Reservoir has a water storage capacity of 6,682.4 acre feet.

Though a small lake even by San Diego standards, the reservoir – typically referred to as Miramar Lake by locals – is very popular for bicycling, jogging, walking, rollerblading and picnicking. There are 18 barbecues and 48 picnic tables located around the lake.

A paved service road encircles the reservoir, a distance of 4.92 miles, but vehicular traffic is permitted on this road Saturday through Tuesday only.

The reservoir has Florida-strain largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, sunfish – but is primarily known now as a trout lake (stocked December-March). Minimum size limit for bass is 12 inches. Fish limits are five trout, five bass, five catfish and 25 bluegill in aggregate, with no limit on other species. Anglers 16 years of age or older must have a valid California state fishing license.

Other than vending machines, no concessions are available at the lake – and no overnight camping is allowed. But Miramar Reservoir provides a nearby outing in a picturesque spot

To reach Miramar Reservoir from 92127, take Interstate 15 South, exit on Mira Mesa and go east. Turn right on Scripps Ranch Boulevard, then left on Scripps Lake Drive. The entrance to the lake is on the left.

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Location:  Miramar Reservoir
Website:   www.sandiego.gov/water/recreation/miramar.shtml
Surface Acres:  162 acres
Shoreline:   4 miles
Depth:  114 ft. maximum
Hours:  Sunrise to sunset
Facilities:  Restrooms, Boat Ramp, Picnic Tables, Barbecues, Fishing Dock
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