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Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

9310 Fanita Parkway, Santee, CA 92071
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Santee, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Been coming, here for 14 yrs, We always get a lake site because we like to fish. Fish? is ther fish in camping lakes... All the fish go in other lakes for day users and were left out.. Yes why not fish in other lakes, because we like camping next to water and just like to veg out.. and maybe... More 

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Thank dave m
SanteeLakes, Manager at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve, responded to this review

We appreciate your continued stays at Santee Lakes! Yes, it's true the weir system and gravity carry those fishes "downstream". May be helpful to know we have been stocking these lakes more frequently than in the past so hopefully next time, you will catch some fish! Thank you for your review and patronage. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed at this location for a week at the end of January. The place is beautiful, with plenty of sites. The sites are not all private, but offer a good mix. Our sites were in the Willow Loop and were a bit more open, but comfortable. The park has a nice set of swimming pools, with the hot tub... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first time to camp here, we stayed here in January 2016 in spot 200 in the West Oak Loop. Willow is a little older, more rustic with nice shade trees. The campground is very will clean the restrooms are extremely clean and well-maintained. This site was very close to the pool. This extremely wide pull-thru site is... More 

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SanteeLakes, Manager at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve, responded to this review

Thank you Chuck B. for your encouraging review! We do our best to keep a clean, well-maintained facility and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We will look forward to seeing you again! More 

Santee, South Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

my wife n I reserved a spot for six months thought it a great deal wasn't told about the fishing permits that have to be purchased daily or the expensive electric all this place is is dirt n a mud hole when it rains the day park splash pad for children is two dollars daily we was told quite time... More 

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Thank Angelia R
S F, Manager at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve, responded to this review

Dear Guest: We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your stay with us and that you felt uninformed about our campground policies. In the camping brochure we provide for each guest at check-in, we offer information regarding fish permits. Most campers enjoy the fact that only they have access to two of our seven lakes and that a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We went on a cross country rv trip from Georgia. We are a family of 5. My husband actually had to work in down town San Diego for 3 days. So it was me and my 3 girls alone at this park. I never felt the least bit scared. The bath houses are spacious and clean. The lakes and ducks... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The best weekend ever and just 20 minutes from home. I do recommend Citronella Candles, bug spray, blankets and lots of H2O. It was too hot for fishing; but relief was met from A/C and the pool. In the past, we have caught some nice fish at Lake 7. The sleeper does need blankets over the springs.. I, personally, didn't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I've lived only 26 miles away near the beach for 16 years and am so glad that friends recently told me about this fabulous, well maintained park as a convenient alternative to most (overpriced) San Diego area campgrounds. It is run by the municipal water district with 7 lakes, bike & hiking trails, lush lawns, picnic areas and shade trees... More 

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Santee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I have lived within 10 minutes of Santee Lakes for 46 years, but it wasn't until last week that my husband and I decided to give the cabins a try. They are delightful! Amenities include a separate bedroom with a queen bed, living room with a queen sofa bed and dining table, with 2 chairs, TV's in both rooms, kitchen... More 

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Olongapo City, Olongapo, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

These man-made lakes have served the region for a very long time. Picnic spots available or just sit back and enjoy the ducks and nature. It's time well spent. If you live in Santee, the entrance is free. If you live some other place, there is a small entrance fee.

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Columbia, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Our friends are snowbirds and as a result we followed them to Santee Lakes for a winter hiatus. We could not book a cabin on short notice for weekend dates; so we stayed in their RV and complimented this with four nights in Cabin 1 and three nights in Cabin 3. Cabin 2 also floats while the other units are... More 

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