25453 Lake Wohlford Rd.
Escondido, CA

Phone: (760) 839-4346
33.175245, -116.997375

Hike: You cannot walk around the entire lake.  There are small trails that end abruptly.    Level: Easy

Dog-Friendly: On Leash   Kid-Friendly: Yes

Lake Wohlford is open seven days a week from mid-December through the weekend after Labor Day in September. Lake Wohlford is open Saturdays and Sundays only from the weekend after Labor Day until mid-December. Fishing hours are 6:00 a.m. to dusk. Contact Park Ranger at 760-839-4346 for further information.

Historic photo, 1923

ATTENTION: In order to protect Lake Wohlford from invasive exotic Quagga mussels, there is still a temporary ban on private water craft and equipment that could have been exposed to mussels. Restricted equipment includes private boats, canoes, kayaks, float tubes, trolling motors, fish finders, anchors and other equipment that contacts the water.

Lake Wohlford is a moderately sized reservoir. The shoreline is lined with rocky outcroppings, and offshore rock piles provide excellent fish habitat.

Rainbow trout are heavily stocked in the winter months and are the primary angling focus during that time. But Wohlford has a history of producing big largemouth bass – one of the few lakes in the world that have produced a bass over 19 pounds. Catfish, crappie, and bluegill round out the fishing options at Wohlford.

Personal Experience: I had never explored Lake Wohlford before so I didn’t realize that there is not actually a trail around the lake. We just went for it though. It was funny because we would be roughing it through high shrub and trees and then out of nowhere trails would appear. Yippee!!

Then they would slowly fade away again. There is a dam here, but it is a no trespassing area so enter at your own risk. It is not a graceful hike getting to the dam either. It’s pretty awesome over there though. Because we had to make our own trail, even getting halfway across the lake took forever.

By sunset we still had quite a ways to go. One of the rangers saw us and offered to take us back to the front by the dock. Why thank you! What a great way to end our evening! He was shocked when we said we walked around the lake. He said he hadn’t heard of anyone doing that for almost a decade! 😛 The lake is very beautiful though and looks like a lot of fun for fishing & boating if you’re into that as that is the lake’s actual purpose with the public.

Seashells on the perimeter:

We were then rescued at sunset. Haha, what a way to end the evening (and year since it was December 31st)!


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  • Ali
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    I love the purse on a bench shot

    September 5, 2015

  • Darcy
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    My son saw a bald eagle here! I love your photos!

    February 25, 2019

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25453 Lake Wohlford Rd, Escondido, CA 92027, USA


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