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Santee, California

Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

Santee, California



Santee, California
Phone: (619) 596-3141

Sites: 310
Recent Rate: $38 7/2015

Latitude: 32.866570955443
Longitude: -117.006451785564

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 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 ?
  • 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 yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • 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 yes
  • 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 ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen yes
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities yes
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina yes
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • 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 yes
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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131 Reviews

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Bchgrl

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $38.00
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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.

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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Pdxjoanne

Review Count: 46
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $47.00
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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.

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lets move

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $38.00
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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.

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silverado

Review Count: 99
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $40.00
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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.

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LifeRebooted

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $40.00
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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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zen_letitbe

Review Count: 126
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $30.00
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We have stayed here a lot and continue to love the atmosphere, activities, staff (office/rangers) and camp hosts. The sites vary in size depending on which loop. The farther you go into the park (i.e., newer site development), the better, larger and more treed the sites are. The trees in the newest section (Oak) are young but do provide shade.

The only missing piece is the lack of a fenced off-leash dog area. We camped at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

The Wednesday evening potluck, Thursday coffee/pastries and Friday night activities are a great way to meet like-minded RVers.

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mcharland

Review Count: 152
States Visited: 49
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $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: 14
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $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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MrSunshine

Review Count: 64
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $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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silverado

Review Count: 99
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $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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Luvtheroad

Review Count: 110
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $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: 8
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $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: 11
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $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: 126
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $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: March, 2014 - $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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