Lake Hodges was created with the building of Hodges Dam on San Dieguito Creek in 1918. The City of San Diego purchased the dam and reservoir in 1925.
The lake is a recreational area that is open a few days a week from February through October for water activities (such as boats, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards), picnicking, and fishing.
Lake Hodges trail is a 16.5 mile trek along the northern edge of the lake and is available year-round for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
The Lake Hodges area is home to a great diversity of animal and plant life and is part of the County of San Diego’s Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) to preserve these natural wonders for generations to come.
Photo courtesy of SDFish.com.
Trail map courtesy of AllTrails.com.