Barrett Lake

Location and Directions:

Barrett Lake Rd.
Rancho San Diego, CA 91978
+3240'49.11", -11640'16.78"

     Barret Lake is located near San Diego off of Int. 8. From San Diego, take Int 8 east for 30 miles to Japutal Road. Go south 5.5 miles to Lyons Valley road and turn left. Travel 6 miles to MM12. There will be a small gate on your left. Turn here and travel 3.5 mile to the lake.

General Info:

    Barrett Lake consists of 811 surface acres at capacity. It is open May through September, 5 am to sunset Wed, Sat and Sun. for fishing by reservation only. There are no concession facilities here and no drinking water available. Patrons must bring all food, water, etc., with them. No glass containers are allowed. No motor homes are permitted due to limited parking and low overhead on the entrance road. Pets are not allowed. Due to the fact that the entrance road passes through private property, all parties must be escorted on and off the premises by the Barrett lake staff. (619) 668-4050, (619) 465-3474. 8-5 M-F. or visit the Barrett Lake web site.


    Anglers must make a reservation to fish through Ticketmaster Reservations are available one month at a time, always beginning on the second Tuesday of the month before at 7 p.m. Reservations are $80, plus Ticketmaster's normal fees. Ticket purchases must be made no later than 2:00 pm the business day prior (Tuesdays and Fridays). One reservation is good for up to four people and includes a boat and motor. Plus each person must purchase a daily fishing permit at Barrett for $20 per person (cash only) and those anglers 16 years of age or older must have a California state fishing license. Fishing licenses are not available at Barrett lake.

Other lakes in the area:
Morena Lake
Loveland Lake
Otay Lake

Boating Info:

    The reservation fee comes with the use of a rental boat. (no private boats allowed) Rental boats are equipped with 8hp outboards. Anglers may bring their own outboard or trolling motor if they wish, 25hp max. Float tubes, canoes, and kayaks are permitted, but a reservation is still required. Float tubers must have waders that do not allow any body contact to the water.

Hunting Info:

    Barrett lake is open for waterfowl hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the season established for the Southern California Zone. Hunting reservations are generally distributed the first Saturday in October, beginning at 7:30 a.m., located just south of the San Vicente Dam, at the San Vicente Yard, 12375 Moreno Ave., in Lakeside, Calif. To be added to the City waterfowl hunting email list, please send a current email to

Fishing Info:

    There are large and smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish and bluegill in here. This is one of the hottest bass fishing lakes in California, probably the best in the US. Here's why: Each day it's open only 100 anglers are allowed to fish it. (25, 4-man parties) Also, there is a strict Catch and Release policy on all fish. For these reasons there is an extremely healthy population of fish here. Anglers have reported catching over 100 quality fish per day with 20+ fish days not uncommon. No bait of any kind is allowed and all lures must have barbless hooks. Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.

Comments and Tips:

During slow periods, the lake staff will occasionally allow anglers without reservations to pay the reservation fees at the front gate and enter with regular ticket holders.

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  • A nice 4-pound Barrett Bass

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