Area Spotlight: Lake Murray

March 22, 2013


Lake Murray Reservoir, located in the La Mesa area, is part of the Mission Trails Regional Park system.  It boasts several walking/jogging/biking trails with the longest being a 6.4 mile round-trip path at the perimeter of the lake.  Visitors may stay on land and enjoy the local flora and fauna, such as ducks and geese, or they may opt to rent a boat and go fishing.  The lake is stocked with the following fish from November – May: Florida-strain largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, black crappie and trout.


Check the Mission Trails Lake Murray website for information on size limits and licensing.

Lake Murray is most popular for its 6.4 mile mostly-flat trail.  To get to the mail parking lot, take the 8 freeway and exit Lake Murray Blvd.  From there, go north and turn left onto Kiowa.  There are two parking lots to choose from, a lower one and an upper one.  The trail is located at the east end of both parking lots.  On the trail you will see lots of walkers, joggers, bikers, dog walkers, and parents with strollers.  The speed limit on the trail is 10 mph, so bikers should be aware of that. There are two portable restrooms on the trail: one at around the 1-mile point and another at around the 1.5 mile point.

Surrounding Lake Murray Reservoir are many single family homes sitting on hills with views of the lake.  Residents find the Lake Murray area to be a great place to live due to its convenient location (15 minutes to downtown San Diego, 5 minutes to SDSU) and its proximity to outstanding outdoor activities (Lake Murray Reservoir and the rest of the Mission Trails Regional Park system).  For more information and reviews on Lake Murray, see the Lake Murray Yelp page.


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