Loveland Reservoir is open for shore fishing only on a limited 5 mile stretch along the lake’s eastern shoreline. It is located near Alpine, CA about 30 miles east of downtown San Diego.
A small parking lot sits several hundred feet above the lake, so a hike is required to get to the lake. The hike back to the car can be tough, so pack accordingly.
Loveland is known mostly for its bass fishing, which at times can be very good especially if you’re willing to hike a bit to get away from the heavily pressured area below the parking lot. The shoreline is rocky and steep, so catching bass even in the hottest times of the year is possible as access to deep water is always available.
Construction of the Loveland Dam was completed in 1945, pooling water from the Sweetwater River. The reservoir was used solely for water storage until 1996 when a land exchange between the Sweetwater Authority and U.S. Forest Service allowed the Sweetwater Authority to control the land adjacent to the reservoir. A parking lot was constructed soon after, and the lake opened for fishing on January 14th, 1997.
The lake is open daily from sunrise to sunset. No boats, float tubes, canoes, kayaks or any other form of watercraft are permitted.
- No alcohol, fires, glass bottles, glass containers, firearms, or dogs are permitted at the lake.
- In order to prevent the spread of quagga mussels into Loveland, live bait, excluding worms, are not permitted.