Miramar Lake / Reservoir Scripps Ranch, San Diego, CA


Just love this place! Taught my daughter how to ride a bike here. Favorite place to feed the geese, ducks and various water fowl. Excellent paved trail goes the entire circumference of the lake, about 5 miles total. Quiet, peaceful with beautiful views at every turn.



You may bike, walk, jog, roller blade or walk your dog on the trail. Also there are 18 barbecues and 48 picnic tables located around the lake. The main restrooms are located adjacent to the main parking lot and concession stand. For concession hours call (858) 527-1722 or (619) 466-4847. Plus there are a few port a potties along the trail. We always bring in our own water to drink during the walk.

Miramar lake is open to fishing, private boats and kayaks seven days a week from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. California Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks Miramar lake with rainbow trout during the winter months.


The dam and reservoir were completed in 1960 as part of the second San Diego Aqueduct project. Water flowing south to the reservoir originates from both the Colorado River Aqueduct and the California Aqueduct. The reservoir is adjacent to the City’s Miramar Water Treatment Plant, which serves the northern part of the City.




2 Replies to “Miramar Lake / Reservoir Scripps Ranch, San Diego, CA”

  1. Your post is like a wikipedia article except the photos are much better. This one with the clouds in the background is awesome!

    1. Maggie Addleman says: Reply

      Thanks honey! Glad you like my photo’s!

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