Sweetwater Authority owns and operates Loveland Reservoir near Alpine and Sweetwater Reservoir in Spring Valley. Both reservoirs offer opportunities for recreation.

Fishing Programs

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

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.


Sweetwater Reservoir Riding & Hiking Trail

The Sweetwater Reservoir Riding and Hiking Trail is 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

Hiking at Loveland Reservoir

The Loveland Reservoir recreation access areas can be a great spot to experience some of indigenous wildlife and animal species.


Sweetwater and Loveland Reservoir properties both 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