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Water-Skiing / Wakeboarding

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Waterskiing / wakeboarding and towing of inflatables is offered at only one reservoir in San Diego County: El Capitan Reservoir. See What's New for the current schedule. Only three-person personal watercrafts may tow skiers.

  • General direction of all vessels is counterclockwise.
  • Maximum speed limit is 35 mph.
  • All vessels towing a skier must have an observer 12 years of age or older.
  • Coast Guard approved life preservers must be worn by all skiers.
  • Skis, kneeboards and similar devices are permitted. Inflatable and towed devices may be used in any ski zone. Use of a quick release device is recommended.

Dogs are NOT permitted on any boats (rental or private). Dogs must be kept on a leash and at least 50 feet away from the water.

Each person (8 or older) entering reservoir property must purchase a daily use permit, which is non-transferrable. See Permits & Fees (daily) for prices.

Each boat also needs a private boat use permit. All permits are available from reservoir staff at permit booth or boat dock, or from the electronic pay station or iron ranger pay station.