Loveland Reservoir

The water level at Loveland Reservoir is currently low due to the statewide drought, and a controlled water transfer in January 2021 to Sweetwater Reservoir to supplement the sources of drinking water for Sweetwater Authority. To find the best fishing conditions, you may need to hike into the reservoir further than usual. Please continue to obey all program rules and stay within designated areas. Thank you for your understanding.

To protect and preserve water quality and natural habitat, Sweetwater Authority and the USDA Forest Service established a unique partnership to provide public fishing access along a portion of the shoreline. In exchange for parcel of land near the reservoir, previously owned by the U.S. Government, Sweetwater Authority provided land near Descanso, California to the National Forest System. This exchange increases natural habitat and forest lands available to San Diego County and Southern California residents and wildlife.

Fishing activities at Loveland Reservoir are designed to protect public health and benefit the community. Activities will be monitored by Sweetwater Authority. Please follow and obey all posted fishing program rules. See below for additional 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.
  1. Current Hours
  2. Rules
  3. Fish Limits

Current hours:

The fishing program at Loveland Reservoir is open daily during the following hours:

October through February
6 am - 5 pm

March through September
6 am - 6 pm

Holiday closures:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas