Henshaw Lake

Location and Directions:

26439 Highway 76
Santa Ysabel, CA 92070

     Lake Henshaw is located 35 miles North of San Diego in the beautiful Clevland National Forest. From I-15 take hwy. 76 east to the lake. Or, from I-5, take hwy 76 (in Oceanside) east.


General Info:

    The lake is open year round, 7 days a week, 6:30 am to sunset. Entrance fee is $5.00 per person, 12 and under are free. A $2 pet pass is required for dogs. Camping is available for $14-$16 a night. They even have cabins available for $45-$80 per night. There is a lake store for tackle and supplies but the prices are steep. The only other stores are 11 miles away in Santa Ysabel. (760) 782-3501. 2,219 surface acres at capacity, 16 miles of shoreline. Elevation: 2,727 feet.


Other lakes in the area:
Doane Pond
Sutherland Lake
Wohlford Res.

Boating Info:

    There is a free launch ramp and rental boats are available for $10-$30 per day. 10 foot min., 10 mph on private boats.


Fishing Info:

    Rainbow trout were planted here for the first time in the winter of 2003. Lake management plans to continue trout plants during the winter months. This is also a very good Catfish and Crappie lake. The Crappie are usually good sized averaging about a pound! There are also lots of Bass (12" size limit) and Bluegill here. No swimming/skiing is allowed which makes this a nice lake to fish. Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.


Comments and Tips:

    LAKE HENSHAW IS LIKE A SECOND HOME TO US...THE WATER IS LOW BUT WE FIGURE IT'S A SMALLER BODY OF WATER WITH THE SAME BIG MONSTER CATFISH. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THE BASS WERE HITTING SHRIMP LAST WEEK. BUT IF YOU ASK AL AND I "WHAT BAIT ARE YOU USING?" WE'LL TELL YOU MARSHMELLOW...(but we're really using shrimp...mums the word) HAPPY FISHING AND CATCHING FELLOW ANGLERS


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