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Nice place to enjoy the outdoors: El Capitan Reservoir, Lakeside, CA

We went to El Capitan Reservoir in Lakeside on a nice sunny afternoon. The reservorir is very... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2018
mini
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Fremont, California
Great boating for hot summer days

The water is cool and clean. The City of San Diego park rangers are friendly and can be stern when... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2015
Chuck L
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Lakeside, California
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24 Aug 2018
“Nice place to enjoy the outdoors: El Capitan Reservoir, Lakeside, CA”
13 Mar 2017
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Reviewed 25 August 2018

We went to El Capitan Reservoir in Lakeside on a nice sunny afternoon. The reservorir is very pretty. there were many out boating on the lake.

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Great spot for picnic and boating on the lake. You can drive thru if you just want to see the reservoir dam. Tell the person at the entrance gate you just want to see the dam and they will let you stay for about 10...More

1  Thank sheilacolon
Reviewed 28 April 2016

Whether your fishing or doing some sort of water contact sport, El Capitan Reservoir is a beautiful place to do it. And an added bonus if you go on Wednesday thru Friday, not at all crowded. Just wish we had a bit more rain to...More

1  Thank ccrowe3
Reviewed 4 November 2015

The reservoir is so small now that jet-skis are allowed to run the entire lake. This makes for choppy water, and not-so-good wake boarding. Get out there early, and the water is smooth as glass, and great for wakeboarding. Lots of places to just pull...More

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Reviewed 21 July 2015

The water is cool and clean. The City of San Diego park rangers are friendly and can be stern when necessary to keep boat speeds in check. The price is great for using the boat ramp and water contact per person is reasonable. Stay the...More

2  Thank Chuck L
Reviewed 18 January 2015 via mobile

There's a great 12-mile hike to the top of "El Capitan" peak in this park. It's a tough, hot hike (closed in the summer because it's too hot). Even in winter you need 3-4 liters/person of water. The views at the top are spectacular, but...More

1  Thank Bridget K
Reviewed 6 August 2014 via mobile

El Capitan reservoir is a place where you can run your boat or jet-ski and enjoy wildlife all around you. We have spotted two bald eagles, an Osprey, deer, coyote, swallows, blackbirds, egrets, ducks, grebes, hawks and turkey vultures. The reservoir is shrinking in size...More

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Reviewed 5 April 2012

So commercialized. I guess it's okay if you are someone who doesn't remember it the way it once was---sleepy and laid back. Now it is all about the money. Enjoy.

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