Murray Lake

Location and Directions:

5540 Kiowa Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942
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     Murray Res. is located east of the city of San Diego near the town of La Mesa. From San Diego, take I-8 East to Lake Murray Boulevard. Go north on Lake Murray Boulevard approximately mile to Kiowa, turn left. Lake Murray Park is approximately 1/4 mile.


General Info:

    Murray Res. consists of 171.1 surface acres and has 3.2 miles of shoreline at full capacity. It has a maximum water depth of 95 feet. The lake is open for boating and fishing on Wednesday, Saturday Sunday and certain holidays from sunrise to sunset, from November through Labor Day. Open for day use only - No camping allowed. There are numerous picnic tables and barbeques around the lake. No swimming or water contact allowed. For more information, visit the Murray Res website, or the Mission Trails Regional Park website.


Other Lakes in the area:
Miramar Lake
San Vicente Lake
Jennings Lake
Otay Res. - Lower
Otay Res. - Upper

map of Murray Res.
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Boating Info:

    There is a 2-lane launch ramp available for private boaters and rental boats are available at the marina. Call (619) 668-3274 for prices and reservations. Float-tubing is permitted. Use of float tubes is restricted to within 150 feet or less from shore. Float tubers must wear chest waders and have a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device readily available at all times, and have 144 square inches of international orange visible at least 12 inches above the water line. They must also possess a horn or whistle to warn approaching craft. No personal watercraft (Jetskis, Waverunners, etc.) are allowed.


Fishing Info:

    The lake is stocked with rainbow trout from late Fall to early Spring by the DFG. There are also Florida-strain largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish and black crappie here. Anglers must purchase a daily fishing permit prior to fishing. Fees are as follows: Adults (16 & over) - $5.00; Senior/Disabled - $2.50; Youth (8-15) - $2.50; Child (7 & under) - Free. Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.



Comments and Tips:

     Like many of the smaller trout-stocked lakes in San Diego county, Dixon has a reputation of producing some record-sized largemouth bass. Several 15+ bucketmouths have been posted here. Using soft-plastic trout imitation lures is a good method to entice one of these hogs into biting.


     If you know something about this area or have some photos that you'd like to share, please E-mail and I'll post it here!


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