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.
Please follow and obey all posted fishing program rules, including fish limits. To prevent the further spread of Quagga Mussels, no live freshwater bait, including shiners, crawdads, etc. is allowed at Loveland Reservoir. Activities will be monitored by Sweetwater Authority.
A California State Fishing License is required to fish at Loveland Reservoir.
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.
The Loveland Reservoir recreation access areas can be a great spot to experience some of indigenous wildlife and animal species.
To preserve natural habitats, maintain water quality and protect visitors, please obey all posted rules.
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.
The Recreation 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
- New Year's Day
- Memorial Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Friday after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve
Recreation access is limited to posted areas. Please stay in designated areas and respect the sensitive environment present at Loveland Reservoir.
All County, State and Federal regulations will be enforced.
- Adult supervision is required for children under 16
- No Alcoholic Beverages
- No Fires or Smoking
- No Glass Bottles or Containers
- No Dogs, Horses, Pets or Service Animals (per health code)
- No Boats, Floats and Watercraft
- No Swimming and Wading
- No Firearms, Bows or Crossbows
Take Interstate 8 East to Tavern Road/Alpine off-ramp.
Turn right onto Tavern Road.
Proceed south for about 3.5 miles (Tavern Road turns into Japatul Road).
The fishing program parking lot is located on the right at the 11 mile marker on Japatul Road.
Look for Sweetwater Authority and U.S. Forest Service signs posted at the entrance.