8.8 Excellent
     
Santee, California

Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

Santee, California



Santee, California
Phone: (619) 596-3141

Sites: 310
Recent Rate: $28 9/2016

Latitude: 32.866570955443
Longitude: -117.00645178556

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping no
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone yes
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing yes
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals yes
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa yes
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit yes
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

142 Reviews

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Review Count: 134
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Monthly rate. Very Large park. Full most weekends. Great for Kids. Price going up gradually. End sites more$$. Noticing more full(6 month) timers. Starting to look MESSY. Was a haven for snowbirds. Make reservations far in advance. 7 reclaimed ponds. Very scenic, great for bikes and jogging. Close to Shopping and Trolley to San Diego. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

I live in my RV and stay here often. The place has good amenities; pool, spa, laundry, playground, etc.. But the roads are in poor shape with the asphalt chipping away in hunks. And the Wifi is horrible, the worst of any camp I've ever stayed in. The cell coverage is spoty at best. The complaints have fallen on deaf ears. But the worst is that the park has just raised its rates significantly for the long-termers. That wouldn't be bad but the roads still have not been repaired and I still have to leave the park to make a phone or download email. There is no military discount at this park, either. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
139
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice, large county park planned around a system of engineered lakes. Pretty setting. Sites are spacious, but not much privacy. We were camped along a creek that fed the lakes. The park is frequently full and lots of children. Can be noisy. Camp host wasn't very interested in controlling noise after 10 and before 8. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
185
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The park is in a residential area. Lots of services and amenities nearby (Santee Town Center). Easy access to freeways leading to all of San Diego County. A nice place if you are vacationing in San Diego County and need a convenient place.

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Review Count: 134
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We stay here for a couple months every year. Started back in 2010. Lots of Snow Birds in the winter. Lots of weekend RVers in the Summer. Great for Kids, lots to do. Since we started here the RATES have gone up yearly. The last increase will hit the Long Term RVers in the pocket. Those on limited incomes will move on. This is too bad, because it is such a Great Stop. Close to Shopping, Trolley and Food. With the price increase the WI-FI is VERY Slow. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $53.00
Overall Rating:      

As describe by others, this recreation area is operated by the Padre Dam Water Authority. The series of 7 lakes are part of the water supply system. Most of them are in the day-use area. The RV area is at the far north end of the park. A couple of loops are on the lakes, most are north of the lakes.

We've been here before and not much has changed. The lots are packed dirt/DG. That's good when it's dry (which is most of the time), but could be messy if it rains. There is a nice pool/clubhouse where there are frequent events, including a Wednesday night potluck and Thursday morning breakfast. Utilities are modern and function well. Verizon coverage is terrible = barely 1 bar and frequent dropped calls. Not the park's fault....just be aware. The Internet service is free and worked well, with occasional slow periods. We like this park and will likely go again. Volunteer staff/camp hosts were friendly and helpful. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 201
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a park which has seven man made lakes. Many sites have full hookup, which is what we had. The size of the sites varies but I think even the smallest is larger than most RV parks. The site we had was by a small man made river. Near us was a nice park like area. I am taking into consideration this is a park and not an RV Resort. All dirt with some trees. This is winter so none of the trees were green so I really can't tell if the tree near us would give us shade in the summer. There is fishing at each of the lakes (I think it is catch and release). A number of children play areas. Clubhouse. Swimming pool (not heated). They have WiFi but it is pretty slow. The have cable but not many stations. If this was an RV park I would reduce the rating for that but this is a park. So this location is great. We will stay here again. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
269
Site Surface
Dirt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

The town of Santee is close by and have most anything you want. There is a train that can take you to San Diego.

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Review Count: 134
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Most of the sites within Willow are very spacious and mixed sunny / shady. The RV section is north of the day-use area and all areas are accessible for the RVers. the park is really an oasis within the town of Santee and right on the edge of San Diego. The biggest negative is that the Internet access upgrade has been on going with negative effects - access was better before they started improvements. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Willow
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The San Diego area trolley has a stop in Santee and provides ready access to many points within San Diego county (PetCo Park, Qualcomm Stadium, Balboa Park, etc.) at reasonable prices - i.e., senior monthly packages.

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

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of the nicest RV Parks in San Diego. Go to their website and do the visual tour. It really is as nice as it appears. The individual sites are spacious and you don't feel crowded. There are different areas where different size rigs can fit in wooded or more open for satellite.

This is about 45 minutes east of downtown San Diego and very easy to get to the attractions.

The staff are wonderful at the reservation/service areas and the host RV families are too. This is our 2nd winter here in San Diego and we find this is our best value as well as natural beauty. I find I can bicycle in the RV park as well as all over the Cuyamaca Mountains and we are very near the Mission Trails Regional Park for hiking and mountain biking. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
276
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Enjoy all you can in this terrific city of San Diego.

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

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice looking park, with day use area, lakes, etc. No off-leash dog park. Nice sized sites, easy to maneuver. Reviews mentioning ants and dirt on sites are true. Sites are dirty/muddy and would be better with gravel. We had to put hoses/cords up to avoid creating bridges for ants and put diatomaceous earth around our tires/levels to keep them out. Wifi is decent, Tengo. We had AT&T come out and install U-verse for internet broadband and phone, which works well. Verizon coverage is horrible here, luckily we have a Verizon Net Extender that works through the internet cable to give us coverage. Park has mail, laundry, pools, camper access gate with code, etc. Close enough to San Diego metro area, trolley, etc. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
227
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

I would have rated this facility much higher if it wasn't for the bad wireless phone reception (verizon) and internet reception (tengo). I don't know if there is interference from the Marine Air Station directly to the north or what but both were very spotty our entire monthly stay. We really like the rustic feel so close to the city and beaches and the staff is very friendly and attentive. I don't know if we would camp here again because of the poor phone and internet reception. We are full-timers and need those connections. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
276
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 134
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great park with varied-size sites within the different loops. The park is clean and neat because there are a lot of camp hosts attending to the restrooms, pool, clubhouse, and actual RV sites. The only missing piece is an off-leash enclosure for the many dogs that come to the park with their owners. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Willow
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

A Regional Park that is an oasis off I-8 near San Diego. Two lakes just for RVers, Cabins on land or "floating, fishing, bike & boat rental, store, kids playgrounds and great staff. All very well-maintained and safe. Close to all major stores, the trolly and many attractions. Day use areas also.

Reserve early as they sell-out. I got the only space for the month of July. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Mulberry loop 63
Site Surface
Concrete, Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Santee has most major stores and Fashion Valley Masll is a short drive. Easy Trolly from Santee to Downtown San Diego for Zoo, USS Midway, Gaslamp, Convention Center, Petco Park, San Diego Train Depot & more. Also a short coaster ride from San Diego train depot to races in DelMar and beaches in DelMar, Solana Beach, Encinitas or Oceanside.

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Review Count: 127
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 32

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a Huge park with multiple camping areas on a series of seven little lakes. We stayed here for four nights during the week and paid $5 extra for a lakefront site. We felt it was well worth it to sit outside right on the lake and watch the birds. We didn't fish but a lot of people did and we saw some of them catch pretty nice sized fish. The lakefront sites are perfect for that. I don't think most big rigs would fit in the lakefront sites, but there are tons of other pull thru's so I'm sure even the biggest rigs could find a nice spot. Weekdays would be best, though. It sounds like they are pretty full on most weekends. The only complaint I have is that they will not allow you to drop your camper off the truck. We probably would've stayed longer, but it's a pain to have to unplug every time you want to drive to the store etc.

They have a really nice laundry facility and, best of all, their WiFi actually works very well! One of the best we've found. The premium sites have cable but the lakefront ones don't. We weren't told that and were disappointed after the fact that we couldn't watch one particular show we were planning on watching. Oh well. Overall, we really enjoyed it and would camp here again. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Lakefront 27
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate is based on one week stay. Pretty family campground with 7 lakes, most sites are dirt (possibly some paved pull-throughs), interior roads paved. Utilities worked well and were well placed. No cable in this site. Restrooms, showers clean. Verizon service spotty. We reserved a site in Willow loop and arrived on a Saturday which was probably not the best thing to do as we could barely drive to our site with kids riding bikes, razors, running and screaming ALL over the place, in and out of our site as we were trying to get in. As the previous poster mentioned, Willow is a little older, more rustic with nice shade trees, but some sites at odd angles and either good site space or not too good. If we had it to do over again, we would have paid more for a different site; perhaps a pull-through in a different loop would have been quieter with less activity, as all loops have a different feel. We were here to visit family in San Diego, so it was tolerable for a week, but we're retired full-timers and this place just isn't what we're looking for. Because of that, my personal rating would be lower, but I rate objectively based on what the park has to offer for those interested in this type of camping. It's a great place for families to camp being right in Santee and close for San Diego County residents to buzz right over even for one night. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Willow loop 167
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 134
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Usually spend holidays here, MUST make reservations months in advance. Very popular, about 13 miles from San Diego. Walmart and Costco 2 miles. Trolley to San Diego and Large Shopping Mall 2 miles. Site very spacious.Verizon very spotty. 7 lakes for fishing and walking. Golf courses in the area are Carlton Oaks, Willowbrook, Mt Woodson, San Vincinte, Sycuan Resort 3 Courses. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
182
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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