San Vicente Reservoir officially re-opens

Inland waterway in Lakeside was closed for 8 years.

LAKESIDE — California’s severe drought is still ongoing but that’s not stopping San Diego from re-opening a reservoir to anglers and boaters.

San Vicente Reservoir is back in service again after an 8-year hiatus; recreational anglers and boaters are officially allowed back on the water as of Sept. 22.

The reservoir, owned by the city of San Diego, will be open Thursday through Monday. Boating, fishing, jet skiing, wakeboarding and water skiing will be allowed Thursday through Sunday; Mondays are reserved for boating and fishing only.

A limited amount of daily tickets were made available for opening weekend: 110 general boat launch, 40 water contact boat launch, and 50 for shore fishing, float tubes and kayaks.

The entry fee is $7 per day for boat launches and $8 per day for car entry only (shore fishers, kayakers and float tube users).

San Vicente Reservoir, built in the early 1940s, was shut down on Sept. 1, 2008 to allow San Diego County water officials to raise the height of the dam. According to news reports the new dam is 337 feet high, up from the original height of 220 feet.

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