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Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $27.00
Usually stay here a couple time per year for a month or so. MUST make a reservation far in advance to get your favorite site. The Office staff makes you feel like family. Our favorite sites have asphalt. 281- high 290's. Usually quieter. Pet Friendly. Will Be Back. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.
Walmart, Costco, Large Mall (Approx 2 Miles), trolley to San Diego close by.
Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $27.00
Santee Lakes is a spectacular park in a suburb of San Diego (about 25 minutes away). It has seven lakes that are part of a water reclamation project and in spite of the drought in California, the landscaping is well-watered. This place is huge with very well-laid-out sites, many of which have lake views or creek views. We were up in the newer section of the park on the creek, but next time I would try to get a lakeside site, even though they are not as spacious or private. The bird life in this park is spectacular and the lakes, though artificial, are very beautiful. Security is great, with a code needed to enter, and services are very good (mail, packages, fax, printing, copying, store, propane). Long-term stays are allowed here and we met many people who basically live here, leaving every six months for two weeks to comply with the laws. There are a few activities like potlucks and coffee get-togethers, but they were not well-attended when we were there. This is not a park if you want a lot of activities, but it is very family-friendly, quiet and convenient to every type of store or service you could ask for. A great place to stay near San Diego and quite reasonably-priced. Note: our section had very weak cell coverage (Verizon), but the free wifi service from the park was pretty good. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $42.00
I've stayed at this park several times in the last few years. It's a great location. Staff is friendly. Sites are very large. Wifi works great. I do wish they would install a concrete patio area at each site. When it rains, you track the sand into your RV. Would be nice to have a concrete patio to pull up next to, instead of the wet sand. Other than that, I really like this park. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $24.00
Again, we enjoyed the park and facilities. They were finally replacing the Sycamore bathroom (loss to a fire a couple of years ago). But they still do not have a dog run for all of the dogs staying in the park. We are at this park often and can’t understand why they don’t enforce rules – children (even as young as 5) driving electric vehicles (scooters, motorbikes, golf carts) on the interior road, dogs not on leash, and loud parties into wee hours. (It would also be great to have them do work on sites that are left with LARGE puddles of standing water after rainstorms.) We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $45.00
This would be a 9 1/2 if possible, maybe a 9 3/4. This park does it right! The only thing that could be improved would be adding some gravel to the sites; they are currently sandy dirt that is constantly tracked into the camper. Drives are paved. Sites are adequately large. Two pools and a hot tub that are sparkling clean. Bathhouses and laundry are kept very clean. Personnel are friendly and efficient. Wi-Fi works most of the time (and that's about all I find I can expect these days), and cable is adequate. The park is convenient to the San Diego Trolley terminus in Santee. Shopping is nearby. I'm told that fishing in the lakes is good. Park is quiet at night, even on a holiday weekend; once there was a noisy party after quiet hours and it was quickly handled by park personnel. We were thoroughly pleased with our experience at Santee Lakes and would love to come back. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $27.00
The rate shown is based on a monthly rental. This park is almost perfect as far as sites & facilities. Wi-fi can be iffy, but the sites are large and the park is very well maintained. It would be a 10 except for the inability/unwillingness to enforce its own rules about quiet hours (9 PM) and late-night fires. After-hours calls have gone unanswered, despite the paging message. If you are planning to put your kids (or yourself) to bed at 9 or 10 PM on a weekend, understand that you may be on your own to deal with loud (possibly drunken) parties. If you prefer quiet, consider a weekday stay if you can. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $59.00
Pricey, but nice. Great WiFi. Cable was adequate. Grounds were immaculate. Desk staff and grounds crews were pleasant and helpful. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $27.00
The rate I've entered is based on a month's stay with a pet premium of $20 and a $30 electric deposit. We love this place! We spent 3 months here this year. The office staff is friendly, helpful, and honest! (I found a $20 bill on the steps outside the office, turned it in and never expected to hear back. The next day I got a call that no one had come looking for it and I should claim it!) Sites are mixed dirt and asphalt. We had one on dirt which was messy when it rained but we had a large end site that made up for it. No sites are small. Roads are wide. Spaces are easy to get in and out of. The lakes have lots of birds/ducks, there's places to walk the dog, and fishing. Close to the town of Santee, where there is everything you need - restaurants, stores, and shopping. Santee is the last stop on the San Diego trolley line and convenient for a day in the city. We have reservations for next year! We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $30.00
Very quiet, restful, nice area. We felt very safe. Good location east of city of San Diego, about 20 minutes to ocean front areas. Easy access to freeways and shopping. We stayed here to visit friends. Rates are much more reasonable than beach and bay areas. Friendly staff, nice residents. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $24.00
Monthly rate is reflected in the nightly. This is a pretty impressive place. Many full time residents. Yet, we met several who were doing their 6-month move, wherein they must leave the park and then return to a different site. What a genius way to keep the place looking fresh. Beautiful landscaping. Lots to do without ever leaving "home". Coyotes singing every evening. Overall, an excellent stay at a very well-run and huge park. We'd absolutely stay again. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $27.00
Rate is based on one month stay. We consider this the nicest RV park in San Diego. Sites are large with plenty of room for tow vehicle or towed vehicle. Tengo internet service has improved since last year, but they still have some issues to work out. Overall it worked pretty well during the month, with only a couple of slow days. Verizon reception is still very poor. We had to take/make phone calls outside or put the cell phone in our booster. We stayed in excellent site #267 which only has one neighbor and is surrounded by park space. We will definitely stay here again. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $45.00
This is a great park if you are in the San Diego area!! It is clean, well run, the people are very nice, and my site was even raked for me when I got there!! It is about 20 minutes outside of San Diego, but the price is the best for what you get. I have heard of an ant issue there, but I didn't have one myself. The bathrooms are spotless, and the store is very well packed! The ONLY reason I did not give this place a 10 is the fact that there are no fire rings or pits. You have to bring your own if you want a campfire. My family and I spent 4 nights there and while it was a nice time, a campfire would have just been great! We will camp there again though. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $45.00
Park is clean with sites that are fairly close to each other. Utilities were placed correctly and worked fine. Park is about 25 minutes from downtown San Diego. Most big box stores are located within about 5 to 10 minutes from the park. My biggest problem is 14 days at $45.00 is pretty expense for a park like this. The other problem is ants are everywhere. Every camper near us had put some kind of ant control around their unit. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $26.00
The rate is the 30 day rate as we stayed for a month from late June to late July. Excellent experience. Campground is very quiet with exception of the weekends but even then everything quiets down by 9 PM. Sites are sand but didn't present any problems as it doesn't rain here in the summer. Nice pool, laundry, and bathhouse. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $23.00
Still does not enforce “pets on leash” rule consistently; lots of large dogs off leash, even dogs that charge other dogs walking in the roadways. Sites are on the whole very large in the newer sections (Sycamore, Willow, and Oak). There are lots of trees but you are able to get satellite access if you’re careful about rig placement. There are very few “street” lights throughout the park area so it can get very dark at night. During winter, heavy rains can create large puddles on sites. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Walmart, Costco, Large Mall (Approx 2 Miles), trolley to San Diego close by.silverado • December 2014
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