Miramar Reservoir back open for water recreation following pipeline project

Double-digit largemouth caught in Lake Miramar last November.

Door reopens for private boats, kayaks and float tubes


MIRAMAR— On-the-water activities were welcomed back to Miramar Reservoir on July 6 following the successful installation of a new underwater pipeline as part of the City of San Diego’s Pure Water Program. Those activities were suspended when the project began in September 2023.

Shore fishing was available for the duration of the shutdown, and trout were stocked in winter so it was still business as usual on that front.


Purified water produced at the North City Pure Water Facility will flow thougheight miles of underground pipeline before reaching the subaqueous branched pipeline that will distribute water throughout the lake.

Miramar Reservoir is one of nine reservoirs owned and operated by the City of San Diego as part of the city’s municipal water-supply system.  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. When full, the reservoir has 162 surface acres, a maximum water depth of 114 feet and 4 shoreline miles. Miramar Reservoir has a water storage capacity of 6,682.4-acre feet.  The lake is open daily from sunrise to sunset and is closed on the first Tuesday of each month.