Located less than seven miles from 4S Ranch, Lake Poway Recreation Area boasts an amazing number of family-oriented activities and attractions. Visitors can rent boats and ride horses, enjoy a picnic or play volleyball. They can bike and hike, or fish and frolic in the ample park areas.

And, of course, they can feed the ducks.

Lake Poway certainly has something for everyone, and is certain to make for a memorable outing. In addition to plenty of trees, picnic tables and barbecue pits, Lake Poway also has two playgrounds, a horseshoe pit, an extensive trail system, and concessions available.

And, of course, plenty of hungry ducks.

It all began in 1969 when a $3.2 million bond issue was passed by voters in the Poway Municipal Water District, creating funding for a dam and filtration plant in Warren Canyon (finished in late 1971). Then came a boat dock, a fishing pier, restrooms, concession facilities, boat ramps, parking lots and pavilions available for rent to the public.

And, of course, the ducks soon arrived, anxiously awaiting a tasty treat.

The lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout and catfish. Motorboats, rowboats and paddleboats all are available for rent. Sailing is very popular, as is use of the archery range and the equestrian staging area. A number of classes and camps – and fishing derbies — are available to all ages.
And, of course, anyone and everyone can feed the ducks (and geese, and other assorted birds). Food is available for purchase and dozens of waterfowl await the handouts. It’s perfect for that special photo opportunity with the kids.

Lake Poway is located at 14644 Lake Poway Road in Poway. Parking fee is $5 for non-resident automobiles. The park areas are open sunrise to sunset from May to November, and 7 a.m. to sunset the rest of the year. More information is available by calling 858-668-4770.