Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

     


Santee, California
Phone: (619) 596-3141

Sites: 310
Recent Rate: $24 5/2014


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
  • 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
  • Excellent 96
  • Good 21
  • Average 2
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 1

121 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

zen_letitbe

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

Date of Stay: - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Luvtheroad

Review Count: 110
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

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: 1

Date of Stay: - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

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: 1

Date of Stay: - $59.00
Overall Rating:      

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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rkay20

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

Date of Stay: - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

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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catnapper

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

Date of Stay: - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

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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ThreeTravellingBlondes

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

Date of Stay: - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Metamorphosis Road

Review Count: 86
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

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
Overall Rating:      

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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illini777

Review Count: 146
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

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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Schooner50

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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zen_letitbe

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

Date of Stay: - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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KazFam

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a great time here over three days and we were very pleased with the campground overall. The bathrooms were unbelievably clean! There were a lot of parks and places within walking distance, which was perfect for our 2 year old and our toddler. The only reason we give it a '8' is because the sites were a little too close together and we would have appreciated a little more privacy. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Tent Trailer.

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windjamming

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate based on monthly rate, minus electric. This is a great RV park! Plenty for the young ones to do with the pool, playground, teen center, fishing or just paddling around the lakes. We had a pull through site toward the rear of the park with plenty of room between us and our neighbors. There are seasonal campers here, but since it's a city owned park there are no trashy sites or rowdy campers. There are coyotes in the area so keep an eye on your pets. We have family in La Jolla, and this was our best value for visiting them and the San Diego area. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

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melissimaus

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

We really enjoyed our stay here. I love that you can pick your spot on the map. I chose a back-in on the man-made "creek," because it looked like a nice, large site, and I thought the creek might be nice. I was right. We had a very large space, no one near us, with trees and the sound of the water. Beautiful spot. Nice people, too. My only complaint is that the internet didn't really work most of the time. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

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