San Vicente Reservoir Reopens to Public After 8-Year Closure

After an eight-year closure, the San Vicente Reservoir near Lakeside will open to fishing and water sports enthusiasts on Thursday.

The reservoir closed in 2008 during a massive dam raise that doubled the capacity of the body of water.

San Diego County’s largest reservoir reopened once county and city officials determined the water level was high enough and when newly upgraded park amenities were ready.

The changes to the reservoir include an upgraded marina and recreational area with a six-lane boat ramp, docks, a parking lot that can accommodate 300 vehicles, concession stand and area for fishing boats and kayak rentals.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer attended reservoir opening ceremony on Wednesday and said he was excited for the fishing possibilities for local enthusiasts.

“Some of the best fishing you’ll find in Southern California,” Faulconer said. “The bass and trout fishing are going to be exceptional.”

Tickets to get into the reservoir are already selling fast, so officials recommend purchasing them from Ticketmaster as soon as possible.

New tickets become available every Thursday. Permit fees cost $7.

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