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Lake Poway reopens with restrictions for visitors

Posted at 8:34 AM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 11:34:04-04

POWAY, Calif. (KGTV) — Lake Poway Recreation Area opened to the public Sunday, after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The lake will be open from 9 a.m. to sunset and resume regular hours of 6 a.m. to sunset on Monday, according to the city.

Officials say the following precautions were put in place to open, including:

  • Parking is limited per the county’s public health order to limit the number of people using the recreation area. Parking lots can only open to half capacity.
  • Boating is closed.
  • The lake’s concession store is closed and water fountains are not accessible.
  • The archery range is closed.
  • The Fisherman’s trail (along the shoreline) remains closed as it too narrow to allow social distancing.
  • Most picnic benches are open, with the exception of the pavilion area.
  • Restrooms at the lake are open, however portable restrooms around the lake are closed.

City officials added that visitors must social distance at least six feet and wear a facial covering if they are within anyone not from the same household. Anyone who is experiencing a cough or fever is prohibited from entering any city parks.

Playground structures also remain closed and active sports are limited to people within the same household.


Though parking lots were closed under the county, Poway says the city has been able to keep most neighborhood parks and trails open during stay-at-home orders.