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Santee Lakes


9310 Fanita Pkwy
Santee, CA 92071
619.596.3141
santeelakes@padre.org
http://www.santeelakes.com/campinghome.htm
4 Reviews
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Site #283 was a level, paved pull-thru, big enough but not large, no shade, full hook-ups with metered electric, wi-fi and cable; we have a 30 ft class A. Our nightly rate includes the cost of electric averaged over the time we spent there. Very nice park, good places to walk around the lakes with lots of bird activity. The wi-fi was very hit and miss the first half of our stay then they changed or upgraded to a new/different system and wi-fi was excellent. We did not get good Verizon signal for our phone at our site but we did near the office about 1.5 miles away. Laundry was clean and organized, staff and volunteers friendly and helpful. It was great to be able to get our mail at the park. This is quite a busy park but extremely clean, well maintained and well run, we had a very good stay there and would love to return.

Received from Anon for visit in Jan 2007


Site Number: 283
Stay Again? YES
We camped on the lake site 12. We really enjoyed the 3 days we were there. Fishing seemed to be good. We did not fish, but people next to us did and were catching some fairly large catfish. Will definitely be returning.

Received from Anon for visit in Apr 2006


Site Number: 12
Stay Again? YES
This is a real nice place. The views are very peaceful. There are 7 lakes in all, 2 of them have campsites along their edge. The other camp area has a stream running through it. The other lakes are for day use. Fishing is allowed with a permit purchased at the office. The staff is nice and friendly and volunteers operate most functions. It is located near shopping and many restaurants. Residential areas surround the lakes and houses can be seen around the outskirts of the park, however this does not detract much from the serenity of the lakes. They allow semi long term stays (6 months) and have restrictions on what can and cannot be left around the RVs. All long term sites are very neat and clean.

 

Received from Dan for visit in Apr 2006


Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
Santee Lakes is located about 20 miles east of downtown San Diego and makes a great homebase to explore Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, the harbor, etc. The campground just opened up another 100 or so new sites that are huge. It has a small creek running through, dividing some of the sites. There's few trees in the new section, but there are planting between these huge sites that, in a couple years, will provide some privacy as a break between the sites. There is a new clubhouse, a large pool and large jacuzzi, which allows people 18 or over. The lakes are the biggest attraction. More appropriately, they're a series of ponds or small lakes with a lot of small islands covered with palm trees and lush tropical trees and bushes, and there's loads of water fowl to observe. Theres available for rental two and four people peddle boats, canoes and kayaks, and fishing from bridges, peninsulas, etc. No out of state fishing license is required; just a $3 day use fee for fishing. Also a fish-cleaning area. There's the usual check-in office and store selling the usual RV'g supplies. There's a large proportion of volunteers/workcampers, and the place is extremely well run. For snowbirds, this place is ideal. The newer section has full hookups. The older area, the sites are much smaller, but many are actually on the lake. I've read about this place for years, but this weekend is the first time we've stayed. Now it gives us a close getaway, especially during the warm winter months.

Received from Frank B for visit in Feb 2006


Site Number: 178
Stay Again? YES



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