Fishing & Recreation

Sweetwater Authority owns and operates Loveland Reservoir near Alpine and Sweetwater Reservoir in Spring Valley. Currently, shoreline fishing is allowed at both reservoirs. Please see the links below for more information.

Fishing programs are subject to closure at any time due to elevated fire conditions, Red Flag Warnings, inclement weather, staffing shortages, or any other safety concerns.

Fishing Programs

California State fishing licenses are required for those 16 and older.

Recreation at Our Reservoirs

Riding & Hiking Trail

The Sweetwater Reservoir Riding and Hiking Trail a County of San Diego trail, operated through an easement granted by Sweetwater Authority. Provisions contained in the easement allow Sweetwater Authority to revoke its permission for use of the trail. These stipulations help protect both the water supply and sensitive wildlife near the reservoir. 

San Diego County trail information and map


Sweetwater and Loveland Reservoir properties support diverse bird populations, thanks in part to the range of habitats that exists in and around these reservoirs. Many of these birds can be found from public access areas. Learn more at the link below.

Birdwatching at Sweetwater Reservoir and Loveland Reservoir