Just 20 minutes from downtown San Diego, you’ll find Lake Murray, the perfect quick city escape. The lake is located within Mission Trails Regional Park, an 8,000-acre outdoor recreational area. Throughout the day, locals come here to jog, walk, rollerblade, or bicycle along the designated paths. Fishing is at its best December through September when black crappie, bass, bluegill, and catfish abound. If you are not into fishing you can still enjoy time on the water. Rent a motorboat, rowboat, carp, kayak, or pedal boat. Afterward, relax by the lake and enjoy the various picnic and barbecue areas available.