Best lakes in San Diego

Check out the top lakes in San Diego, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Lake Murray
1. Lake Murray
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41 local reviews
Lake Murray, San Diego
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Belinda
This lake is very popular for bicycling, jogging, walking, rollerblading and picnicking. Patrons can walk on a…
Natalia
We're so lucky to have beautiful weather pretty much year-round across San Diego County. Take advantage of the…
Branden
This is a local spot where many people enjoy walking, running, or cycling. The Lake has a paved path that…
1. Lake Murray
1. Lake Murray
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41 local reviews
Lake Murray, San Diego
Belinda
Belinda
This lake is very popular for bicycling, jogging, walking, rollerblading and picnicking. Patrons can walk on a paved road only as far as the…
Natalia
Natalia
We're so lucky to have beautiful weather pretty much year-round across San Diego County. Take advantage of the sun and clear skies and take…
Branden
Branden
This is a local spot where many people enjoy walking, running, or cycling. The Lake has a paved path that goes around its shores; cycling…
2. Lake Miramar
2. Lake Miramar
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21 local reviews
Lake Miramar, San Diego
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Crystal
You can ride a bike or walk/jog along the paved path or take a stroll down alongside the hiking path close to…
Fara
Lake Miramar is great for the morning walking or running. It has many scenic views to enjoy the sunset…
Julie
Lake Miramar is a great place and very close (5 min drive) to enjoy some nature or go for a quick workout…
2. Lake Miramar
2. Lake Miramar
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21 local reviews
Lake Miramar, San Diego
Crystal
Crystal
You can ride a bike or walk/jog along the paved path or take a stroll down alongside the hiking path close to the lake. Beautiful and…
Fara
Fara
Lake Miramar is great for the morning walking or running. It has many scenic views to enjoy the sunset. Barbecues are also available for…
Julie
Julie
Lake Miramar is a great place and very close (5 min drive) to enjoy some nature or go for a quick workout. Visitors can jog around the park,…
3. Chollas Lake Park
3. Chollas Lake Park
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14 local reviews
5850 College Grove Dr, San Diego
Open · Closes 7:30 PM
+1 619-527-7683
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Alma
There are several separate parking areas at the lake. The path loops around the lake so you can start at…
Kr
A little piece of paradise 2 minutes away. Tree lined, wide dirt trail circles a lovely lake, a little under a…
Yana
It a beautiful lake with lots of eucalyptus trees around which provide shade. It has a trail around, you can…
3. Chollas Lake Park
3. Chollas Lake Park
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14 local reviews
5850 College Grove Dr, San Diego
Open · Closes 7:30 PM
+1 619-527-7683
Alma
Alma
There are several separate parking areas at the lake. The path loops around the lake so you can start at whatever point you like. In…
Kr
Kr
A little piece of paradise 2 minutes away. Tree lined, wide dirt trail circles a lovely lake, a little under a mile per lap. Looks like a…
Yana
Yana
It a beautiful lake with lots of eucalyptus trees around which provide shade. It has a trail around, you can run or walk. You can see a lot…
4. Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
4. Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
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14 local reviews
9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 619-596-3141
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Anjanette Elizabeth
Series of lakes ideal for meditative walks, playground and nature trails for kids to explore, and the very…
Audrey
Great walking trails close to property and beautiful scenic 7 lakes with paddle boats, fishing, etc.
Todd
Fishing, Rving, bike riding. Beautiful lakes and park.
4. Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
4. Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
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14 local reviews
9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 619-596-3141
Anjanette Elizabeth
Anjanette Elizabeth
Series of lakes ideal for meditative walks, playground and nature trails for kids to explore, and the very best paddle boat ride through…
Audrey
Audrey
Great walking trails close to property and beautiful scenic 7 lakes with paddle boats, fishing, etc.
Todd
Todd
Fishing, Rving, bike riding. Beautiful lakes and park.
5. Lake Hodges
5. Lake Hodges
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7 local reviews
Lake Hodges, Escondido
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Parker And Daisy
A great hike in South Escondido! Park up the hill & then head down to the bridge that crosses the lake…
Curtis
IN THE NEIGHBORHOD-LOOK ACCROSS VIA LOMA VISTA STREET IN FRONTOF BIG HOUSE TO SEE THE LAKE HODGES AND KAYAK ON…
Coco
Check out the beautiful views at lake hodges - go for a walk or just enjoy this glistening lake
5. Lake Hodges
5. Lake Hodges
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7 local reviews
Lake Hodges, Escondido
Parker And Daisy
Parker And Daisy
A great hike in South Escondido! Park up the hill & then head down to the bridge that crosses the lake. Sometimes, there may even be water…
Curtis
Curtis
IN THE NEIGHBORHOD-LOOK ACCROSS VIA LOMA VISTA STREET IN FRONTOF BIG HOUSE TO SEE THE LAKE HODGES AND KAYAK ON IT STARTING IN NOVENBER. …
Coco
Coco
Check out the beautiful views at lake hodges - go for a walk or just enjoy this glistening lake
6. Lake Poway
6. Lake Poway
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15 local reviews
Lake Poway, Poway
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Pei
Our favorite lake to fish at. They rent motor boats and all necessary equipment at reasonable prices. Check…
Mayumi
It is a great hiking trail around the lake. You can have a picnic, go fishing on the lake or take out a paddle…
Darel
Lake Poway has fishing, hiking, archery, and lot's of other activities. Home to Mt. Woodson. Potato Chip Rock
6. Lake Poway
6. Lake Poway
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15 local reviews
Lake Poway, Poway
Pei
Pei
Our favorite lake to fish at. They rent motor boats and all necessary equipment at reasonable prices. Check out the famous Mt. Woodson hike…
Mayumi
Mayumi
It is a great hiking trail around the lake. You can have a picnic, go fishing on the lake or take out a paddle boat. Conveniently close…
Darel
Darel
Lake Poway has fishing, hiking, archery, and lot's of other activities. Home to Mt. Woodson. Potato Chip Rock
7. Mission Trails Regional Park Lake Murray
7. Mission Trails Regional Park Lake Murray
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8 local reviews
5540 Kiowa Dr, La Mesa
Open · Closes 8:00 PM
+1 619-668-2050
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Steve
We walk to the lake almost every day. Note that the trail does not go in a complete circle. If you go the…
Greg
Picknicking and fishing; joggers and bicyclists enjoy the waterfowl on the paved trail around the lake. (2.7…
Mark
Nice little hiking or biking trails going around a man made lake with lots of birds, and even fishing.
7. Mission Trails Regional Park Lake Murray
7. Mission Trails Regional Park Lake Murray
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8 local reviews
5540 Kiowa Dr, La Mesa
Open · Closes 8:00 PM
+1 619-668-2050
Steve
Steve
We walk to the lake almost every day. Note that the trail does not go in a complete circle. If you go the end of the 4 mile trail you will…
Greg
Greg
Picknicking and fishing; joggers and bicyclists enjoy the waterfowl on the paved trail around the lake. (2.7 miles)
Mark
Mark
Nice little hiking or biking trails going around a man made lake with lots of birds, and even fishing.
8. Mission Trails Regional Park
8. Mission Trails Regional Park
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79 local reviews
1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 619-668-3281
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Mark
Highest peak in San Diego County. Fun trails that only take an hour. Mission Trails has over 67,000 acres of…
Bob
Over 50 miles of trails, boating on Lake Murray, numerous informative hikes and state of the art Visitor…
Samantha
Cowles Mountain, just down the street, Lake Murray, right across the street, and the many trails they provide…
8. Mission Trails Regional Park
8. Mission Trails Regional Park
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79 local reviews
1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 619-668-3281
Mark
Mark
Highest peak in San Diego County. Fun trails that only take an hour. Mission Trails has over 67,000 acres of trails and a very pretty lake…
Bob
Bob
Over 50 miles of trails, boating on Lake Murray, numerous informative hikes and state of the art Visitor Center - something for everyone.
Samantha
Samantha
Cowles Mountain, just down the street, Lake Murray, right across the street, and the many trails they provide.
9. Potato Chip Rock
9. Potato Chip Rock
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33 local reviews
Potato Chip Rock, Ramona
+1 858-668-4772
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Lawrence
This is a great place for excise, hiking, relaxing. This special rock is on top of Mt Woodson with beautiful…
Karin
Potato Chip Rock is a great hike. I like to start at Poway Lake and work my way up and back. You'll never be…
Larry-Jacob
This is an amazing hike and only 30 minutes from Hillcrest. Start at Lake Poway for a great view from Mt…
9. Potato Chip Rock
9. Potato Chip Rock
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33 local reviews
Potato Chip Rock, Ramona
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Lawrence
Lawrence
This is a great place for excise, hiking, relaxing. This special rock is on top of Mt Woodson with beautiful views. It's close, only…
Karin
Karin
Potato Chip Rock is a great hike. I like to start at Poway Lake and work my way up and back. You'll never be sorry to have taken one of…
Larry-Jacob
Larry-Jacob
This is an amazing hike and only 30 minutes from Hillcrest. Start at Lake Poway for a great view from Mt. Woodson, and stop at the famous…
10. Lake Hodges
10. Lake Hodges
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12 local reviews
Lake Hodges, San Diego
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Dawn
Lake encompassing Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Santa Fe. Good walking, biking trail hiking.
Heather
Love this lake and all the trails that come with it!
Yaya
Walking distance to hiking trails of Lake Hodges
10. Lake Hodges
10. Lake Hodges
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12 local reviews
Lake Hodges, San Diego
Dawn
Dawn
Lake encompassing Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Santa Fe. Good walking, biking trail hiking.
Heather
Heather
Love this lake and all the trails that come with it!
Yaya
Yaya
Walking distance to hiking trails of Lake Hodges
11. Cowles Mountain
11. Cowles Mountain
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144 local reviews
Cowles Mountain, San Diego
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Larry
1,539 summit with beautiful 360 views of San Diego and views of Lake Murray. 2.9 mile hiking trail in the…
Max
Hike Cowles Mountain, located in the San Carlos neighborhood the 1,593-foot summit is the highest point of the…
Sue
Cowles Mountain can be seen from the front door. There are 2 entrances. Front entrance is at Navajo road /…
11. Cowles Mountain
11. Cowles Mountain
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144 local reviews
Cowles Mountain, San Diego
Larry
Larry
1,539 summit with beautiful 360 views of San Diego and views of Lake Murray. 2.9 mile hiking trail in the center of La Mesa/San Carlos area…
Max
Max
Hike Cowles Mountain, located in the San Carlos neighborhood the 1,593-foot summit is the highest point of the city of San Diego. Great…
Sue
Sue
Cowles Mountain can be seen from the front door. There are 2 entrances. Front entrance is at Navajo road / Golfcrest. Street parking. Back…
12. Potato Chip Hike Start Point (Menifee FitClub)
12. Potato Chip Hike Start Point (Menifee FitClub)
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Mount Woodson Trail, Poway
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Immanuel
This trail is a little long, but on the top you can get a great picture of Potato Chip Rock, which is exactly…
Yana
You can start hiking @ Lake Poway as well
12. Potato Chip Hike Start Point (Menifee FitClub)
12. Potato Chip Hike Start Point (Menifee FitClub)
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5 local reviews
Mount Woodson Trail, Poway
Immanuel
Immanuel
This trail is a little long, but on the top you can get a great picture of Potato Chip Rock, which is exactly what it's name like, super…
Yana
Yana
You can start hiking @ Lake Poway as well