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Lake Ramona

    Lake Ramona

    Additional Info

    • Managed by: Ramona Municipal Water District
    • Surface acres: 106
    • Float tubes: Not allowed
    • State license: Required
    • Fish species: Bluegill, Carp, Channel catfish, Largemouth bass

    Lake Ramona is somewhat difficult to reach therefore receives little pressure. The water is clear so light line is a must. Bass fishing is the most promising here although some have reported good numbers of catfish. Focus on the spring and summer months for excellent fishing, but bring lots of water since the hike in and out is especially strenuous during the hot summer days.

    Location / Directions

    2 miles Northwest of Lake Poway, 3 miles from Espola Road in Poway through the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. From the 15 take Rancho Bernardo Rd. exit, head east. Rancho Bernard Rd. becomes Espola Rd. Take Espola Rd. until the road makes a wide right curve. The entrance to Blue Sky Ecological Reserve is on the east side of Espola Rd right after the curve. From here you will need to park and hike 3 miles to the lake.


    Lake Ramona was built by the Ramona Municipal Water District during the 1980’s as a storage facility to provide a less expensive source for the communities agriculture needs. The stored water was also planned to serve the domestic community should an emergency water shortage arise. The dam was dedicated on August 27, 1988.

    Hours & Fees

    The lake is open daily from sunrise to sunset year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. There are no fees to fish Lake Ramona but a valid California State fishing license is required and checked often. Boats, floats and tubes are not allowed. No swimming, wading or water contact of any kind.

    For more information call Ramona Municipal Water District at (760) 788-2200

    Last modified on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:26