Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

     


Santee, California
Phone: (619) 596-3141

Sites: 310
Recent Rate: $40 3/2015


Latitude: 32.866570955443
Longitude: -117.006451785564

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • yes-lake Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview

126 Reviews

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LifeRebooted

Review Count: 44
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate does not include 10% tax and $1 per night fee per dog.

Santee Lakes was a good home base for us to explore San Diego from. It's 30 minutes from the beach, but offers a more rustic, wooded campground feel compared to RV parks downtown. The park is surprisingly large, with 300+ campsites grouped into eight or so different areas/loops along the long narrow park. Each area has a very different feel, with many of the areas being traditional rows and rows of diagonally parked RVs. We stayed in Willow Loop which was older and felt more rustic (large trees, more space, oddly-angled sites). Due to the oddly-arranged sites, some in Willow Loop are great with lots of space, and others are right up against the next RV (not even enough space to open an awning) with the camping area BEHIND the RV. We used their web site's site search to look at the satellite views to choose a site with more space. The WiFi worked pretty well (not good enough for streaming video, but OK for everything else).

Given the size of the park, there were plenty of places to walk our dogs, but dogs are not allowed in any of the lakes, even on leash to just get wet. Also, dogs are not allowed in the day use areas, only in the campground areas. Portable fences/ex-pens for dogs are not allowed. There are hiking trails nearby but you have to exit the park to get to them. We would stay here again. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Our GPS took us to the back gate to the campground, which is only accessible via a code after you register. There was no place to U-turn in our RV so we had to drive through a lot of residential neighborhoods to make our way back to the main entrance. Be sure you're headed to the main entrance to check in!

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mcharland

Review Count: 133
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: - $45.00
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RV park is part of a very large regional park that has a number of small lakes. The RV park is at the back and has its own lake to use. The main park can get fairly busy on the weekends but they do have a private gate for just the RV park to enter and exit. Roads are paved, sites are packed sand/dirt or paved and are fairly level. Sites are long enough for big rigs and tow vehicle and there is good spacing between sites. There are trees providing some shade for sites but they do not impact the rigs. We had no problem using our satellite dish. Wi-Fi is free and works OK but generally slows down at night and on the weekends as users increase. Cell phone service, Verizon, is weak. Park is very nicely maintained and offers many things to do like fishing, walking and biking. Park is near highway and is about 20 minute drive into downtown San Diego. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

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supercub

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $42.00
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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.

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silverado

Review Count: 65
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: - $27.00
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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.

Tips for other Campers:

Walmart, Costco, Large Mall (Approx 2 Miles), trolley to San Diego close by.

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MrSunshine

Review Count: 54
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: - $27.00
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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.

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Luvtheroad

Review Count: 110
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: - $45.00
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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.

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Cindy S

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $27.00
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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.

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195pilot

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $59.00
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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.

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zen_letitbe

Review Count: 124
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $24.00
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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.

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catnapper

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $30.00
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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.

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rkay20

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $27.00
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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.

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Metamorphosis Road

Review Count: 88
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: - $27.00
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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.

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mike3245

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $45.00
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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.

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ThreeTravellingBlondes

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $24.00
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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.

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illini777

Review Count: 160
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: - $45.00
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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.

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  • Walmart, Costco, Large Mall (Approx 2 Miles), trolley to San Diego close by.

    silveradoDecember 2014
  • Our GPS took us to the back gate to the campground, which is only accessible via a code after you register. There was no place to U-turn in our RV so we had to drive through a lot of residential neighborhoods to make our way back to the main entrance. Be sure you're headed to the main entrance to check in!

    LifeRebootedMarch 2015

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