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Lake Henshaw Resort, Santa Ysabel

#558 of 609 in Nature in California
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Lake Henshaw is a Reservoir in San Diego County, California at the southeast base of Palomar Mountain, approximately northeast of San Diego, California and southeast of Los Angeles.
The lake covers approximately and holds of water when full (lowered in 1978 from its original capacity of out of earthquake concerns), in addition to groundwater stored in its local basin. It drains an area of square miles at the source of the San Luis Rey River.
The lake was constructed in 1923 with the building of Henshaw Dam, an earth dam 123ft tall and 650ft long. It is owned by the Vista Irrigation District and used primarily for agricultural irrigation.
The lake features excellent opportunities for fishing for both catfish and carp. Boats are available for rental through the general store nearby. There are cabins available for rent as well as a restaurant. It also is the site of The Carp Throwdown fly fishing tournament held there every year by The Fly Stop. There is also a large presence of weekend motorcycle bike groups on day rides nearby.
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  • We were on a motorcycle ride and decided to stop here for lunch. Plenty of parking in the shade. Cute decor and general store attached to the restaurant. If taxidermy bothers you don’t look around, I....  more »
  • Kitchens with cooking supplies. Every cabin sleeps many. Simple and throwback to the 70s. Great hikes around lake from cabins. Boat rentals too. A no frills affordable basic stay. Lake view...  more »
  • Lake Henshaw resort restaurant is a fun place to eat. The hamburger was big and tasty. The lemonade hit the spot. The service was also real good. Courtney our waitress was not only fun to talk to, she is also real pretty. Overall a great experience at a good price. Thanks.
  • Ive been coming up here Multiple times a year for a while. The Staff is friendly. Knowledgeable and ALWAYS helpful. Its in a great location and I look forward to my trips up there. I Always recommend it.

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