Park Updates

Sometimes we close parks because of rain, to complete maintenance projects or to add a new amenity. Scroll down to see what's open and to view other helpful information.

The following areas are closed due to recent weather events: 

Temporary Closures 

  • El Monte County Park/Helix Flume Trail Staging Area: The Helix Water District is embarking on an improvement project beginning Dec. 12. During this time, the Helix Staging Area along with a 1/2-mile section of the western portion of the Flume Trail will be closed to the public. Signs are posted. The project is scheduled for completion by fall 2023. In the interim, visitors can still park at El Monte County Park and hike other parts of the Flume Trail. If you have questions, call the park at 619-443-1474. 
  • Lake Morena County ParkDue to issues with a potable water storage tank which occurred July 14, 2021, the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, the San Diego County Health Department, and the Lake Morena County Park Water System are advising visitors/campers to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes.  Drinking fountains are closed. Water spigots, sinks and toilets remain open, but there is  no drinking water on site. Please plan ahead by bringing your own drinking water. This is a safety precaution to prevent stomach or intestinal illness. If you have questions about other uses of tap water, such as bathing and dish washing, please read this guidance
  • Lakeside Linkage/Whitaker Estate: Property repairs began in August 2021 and will continue through 2022. During this time, roads may be temporarily closed for resurfacing and other maintenance projects. Trails may also be affected and the end destination of the Whitaker House may not be available. 
  • Potrero County Park: Due to issues with a potable water storage tank which occurred March 17, 2022, the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, the San Diego County Health Department, and the Potrero County Park Water System are advising visitors/campers to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes. There is no drinking water on site ; please plan ahead by bringing your own drinking water. Portable restrooms are available, and the washing station is open in the youth camping area. This is a safety precaution to prevent stomach or intestinal illness. If you have questions about other uses of tap water, such as bathing and dish washing, please read this guidance
  • Santa Ysabel County Preserves: The East Preserve will be closed March 18 to 19 for a private event.
  • Sweetwater Summit Regional Park is not currently accepting new reservations due to construction activities in the campground. Limited sites will become available starting Dec. 21, 2022. Existing camping reservations will be honored, though site changes may be necessary. Existing reservation holders will be contacted if impacted.
  • Waterfront Park: The playground at Waterfront Park will be closed for maintenance Jan. 17 through early March. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you back in the spring. 


General Updates

Agua Caliente County Park: The outdoor family pool heater is broken. The pool remains open, but is not currently being heated. Staff are working to make repairs.

County Parks Cool Zones: During major heat events, several of our facilities serve as Cool Zones. All facilities are closed Dec. 25 unless otherwise noted. 

Hours: County Parks are open year-round, however, per policy C-7, parking lot gates, park offices and restrooms will be closed on Dec. 25. All sites remain open to foot, horse and bike traffic. In addition, campgrounds remain open and will be in full operation with available parking, restrooms and staffed park offices on Dec. 25. 

Electronic Bikes: The Department has restricted the use of e-bikes on various bicycle paths and trails at County parks/preserves. Click here to learn more information.

Pesticides: Below is a list of locations that will receive pesticide applications to prevent and control infestations of, and tree mortality as a result of, invasive insects. Signs will be posted in spray areas. Those areas will remain closed while spraying is taking place, and until it is safe to reenter the area. Thank you for your understanding as we work to protect our tree canopy. 

Rodenticides: Rodenticides are a mitigation measure. Certain rodents, namely gophers and ground squirrels, present a risk to park infrastructure and users in developed areas , such as active recreational sites, picnic areas and campgrounds. Tunnels and holes created by rodents can undermine improvements such as sidewalks, trails and pathways, and holes and mounds of dirt created as a result of tunneling activity present a tripping hazard for park users, rendering areas unsafe. The use of rodenticides by County Parks is conducted following all County, State and Federal policies, rules, regulations, laws, labels and administrative procedures. The work is performed by private trained pest control businesses/licensed applicators. Applicators seek to minimize potential exposure to other species. The treatment for gophers is applied underground in their tunnels and the treatment for squirrels uses enclosed bait stations. Both methods minimize the potential for access from other animals. County Parks does not use rodenticides in non-public use areas of parks or in open space areas.

Public Restroom Facilities:  As a convenience for our customers, the County of San Diego Department of Parks and recreation operates multiple restrooms at parks and park facilities. This spreadsheet below relays that information, including park name, location and hours of operation: Public Restroom Facilities.

Showers: In conjunction with the County’s water-conservation measures, coin-operated shower fixtures have been installed at the following campgrounds: Agua Caliente, Vallecito, Dos Picos, William Heise, Guajome Regional, Potrero and Lake Morena. Fixtures take quarters and cost 50 cents for 4 minutes of shower time. Quarters are available at the Ranger stations. The showers at Sweewtater Summit are different in that they take tokens - not quarters - but the rate is the same, with four tokens per dollar. Tokens are available at the Ranger Station. 


Park Updates and Planned Closures

Lakeside River Trail: The Lakeside River Park organization is making improvements to the Lakeside River Trail. While equipment is on site, and crews are working, the trail may be limited to pedestrian traffic. Safety is a priority at County Parks - please obey all posted signs.

Lindo Lake County Park: 

  • Lindo Lake is the only natural lake in the County, and with that comes complications – things like limited well water, stormwater runoff, and prolonged drought. Two water quality control measures have already been implemented to filter run-off that enters the lake from the west and south sides: One is a bio-swale and underground sediment retention basin and the other is a modular wetland system that filters the water before it enters the lake. We are also being proactive by spraying a non-toxic solution on the water in the west basin that is designed to alleviate odors associated with naturally decomposing vegetation. If you see a ranger in a boat, that is likely what they’re working on. These efforts are part of a long-term restoration project at Lindo Lake. Over the next few years, we will be dredging the east and west basin, adding water, installing a temporary then permanent aeration system and water movement system, and completing additional run-off control measures. These changes will increase water depth, curb algae growth, and improve the health and safety of the lake and its inhabitants.
  • Cultural Monitoring: The soil that is being dredged from the basins as part of the long-term revitalization project is not native and does not have a potential to contain prehistoric resources. Staff routinely check the soil to document its contents and ensure additional monitoring is not needed.  
  • Toxins from algae are present in the water of Lindo Lake. Per County Ordinance 41.132, swimming, bathing and boating are prohibited. For your safety, and for the safety of your pets, please do not let pets go into or drink the water, eat fish from the water, or use water for drinking or cooking. Thank you for your cooperation. For more information, call 858-966-1330.

Sweetwater Summit Regional Park: Several construction projects to improve the park entrance and campground upper loop are in progress and scheduled for completion in December 2023. During this time, there may be daytime construction noise, road/area closures and in some cases, campsite closures – but the park will otherwise remain open. Current campers with reservations that are in the construction zone will be contacted by our Reservation Team to discuss options. For more information, contact the Reservation Team at 858-565-3600.  

Sweetwater Summit Regional Park: We recently completed work on the Sweetwater Loop and River Trail, thanks to a collaborative effort between the County of San Diego, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Sweetwater Authority. This portion of the trail (approximately 1.3 miles) was rerouted to protect sensitive habitats while maintaining access and recreation opportunities. Please obey all posted signs so we can continue to keep this trail open for your enjoyment. For more information, please call the park at (619) 472-7572.

Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch: Improving the County’s 350+ mile trail system is a priority for the San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation, and efforts to expand trail access are balanced by efforts to preserve sensitive habitats and culturally significant areas. Over the years, a number of unauthorized trails have appeared in Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch County Preserve. These trails negatively affect these areas and can cause harm to plants, animals and other resources. You may notice signs and other barricades blocking access to these unauthorized trails. Please stay on trail and only in authorized areas as we work to protect this urban oasis.

Subscribe Now
Get Outside San Diego