Dixon Lake


Dixon Lake is a wonderful place to visit and camp for any van lifer in the San Diego area. The lake offers a little bit of everything to include camping, hiking, fishing and climbing. If you find yourself in San Diego and want a quick get away, I recommend Dixon Lake.



Dixon Lake is a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of San Diego without leaving the city. The lake provides a lot of adventure packed into a small area. The main activities here are hiking, climbing, fishing, and camping.  The lake is also a great place to go paddleboarding but swimming is not allowed. 


There are a number of hiking trails within the park. The most popular trail circumnavigates the lake. There is also Daley Ranch which is an open area with many trails to explore. The ranch entrance is located at the entrance to the lake.


There is a climbing area at Dixon Laked called Eagle Peak. Climbers who wish to access the Eagle Peak climbing area must complete a permit application as well as a liability waiver (individual or group). Please print out and bring completed forms with you on the day you wish to climb. 


There is decent fishing at Lake Dixon. To be able to fish here you must purchase a fishing permit. This is different from the Ca Fishing License which isn’t required. Permits are sold at the Concession Stand next to the ranger station. Check the Dixon Lake website for more detailed information on fishing requirements.

  • Fee: Adult $9, Youth $6


Dixon Lake is a great place for camping located in the heart of San Diego County. A lot of the campsites are situated on a ridge overlooking both the town and lake. There are basic tent camping a few RV electric hookup sites available. 

It’s a privilege to have Dixon Lake for our enjoyment, so please practice Leave No Trace principles.


  • 1700 La Honda Drive, Escondido, CA 92027

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