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Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071-7906
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#1 of 2 Specialty lodging in Santee
Santee Lakes is 190 acres of scenic parkland and a series of seven lakes. We offer a 300 site full hook-up campground along with 10 rental cabins, three floating on the water and seven on the lakeshore. Other amenities include: pedal boat rental, fishing, 5 miles of trail for biking, walking, and running, a General Store and several picnic areas and special event venues.
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Hot tub
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Self-serve laundry


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57Somewhat walkable
Grade: 57 out of 100
36Restaurantswithin 0.75 miles
2Attractionswithin 0.75 miles
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Jennifer wrote a review Jun 2020
Menifee, California1 contribution
My family and I recently stayed here for the weekend. The trip was full of frustrating situations that should not have been necessary. The first was the availability. We booked 2 weeks prior to the trip. At the time there was only 1 space left so we took it. Upon arrival we noticed that space not only looked nothing like the photo on the reservation site but it also backed up to a deep rock ravine. There was NO mention of the rock revive and the photo made it look like just a grassy area. Our whole outside set up felt like it was on top of rocks. The irony of that crappy site is that it turns out we could of booked a better one since now the website was showing there were 10 spaces available. In the end we wouldn’t of booked this space if we had knowledge of true availability. The unhappy saga continues... while I personally feel a 9 o’clock quiet time for camp site that is rather pricy “esp for our rock bed one lol” is a little early, I respect this is the rule yet I never thought that meant you couldn’t be outside talking amongst your group. I took the 9 pm quiet time as, no blaring music, no banging your tools or things of that nature. However since the loop our site was basically a trailer park due to 99 percent of the campers being full timers, our neighbor was not too happy that my husband and I were talking outside our trailer on our camping vacation at 10:30 at night. The neighbor let us know he had to wake up in the morning and needed to get some sleep. All of a sudden our vacation felt like we were back to 9/5 realty just another day in a workers paradise. Since there are so many full timers, there are tons of trucks leaving early in the morning (I am assuming to go to work) yep...not such a great vacation vibe that’s for sure. There are plenty of areas of improvement that I feel can be made to accommodate all types of paying guest. Full timers shouldn’t be in the same area as vacationers. This is something most campgrounds practice and I can’t understand why Santee doesn’t. The quiet time would vary depending to the loop you are in, this way short term vacationers wouldn’t feel cheated and full timers wouldn’t feel like they live in a constant vacation. There should be a 30 month cancelation fee. This would cut down on all the new sites popping up so close to reservation dates. I don’t have time to check their website everyday prior to arrival to ensure I have booked the best space. I would like some assurance that when I book 2 weeks out, that the availability is realistic. All in all, if we choose to stay here again it would need to be at a better spot and to be honest first impressions are a big deal and after this trips mishaps it may take some time for me to want to try at this place again. The 9 pm quiet time I think is my deal breaker. How do you have a nice camping vacation when you are forced to be inside your camper at 9pm? They cater way to much to full timers. I am booking for a great vacation campground not a monthly rentals trailer park :(
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from S L, Other at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
Responded 3 days ago
Hello Jennifer, Thank you for taking the time to write your review and give us some feedback. We take any guest concerns very seriously and want to be able to provide the best camping experience we can, and will be sure to communicate these concerns to our staff. We understand that Santee Lakes guests may not always agree with our policies, and we acknowledge that we may not be the best fit for their camping needs. We apologize that we did not meet your expectations for your camping experience.
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Marcia H wrote a review Aug 2019
Redmond, Washington3 contributions
The campground is in the middle of an urban area. There is lots to do, including fishing, but we were disappointed that we couldn't swim in even one lake. We were even able to order pizza. and have a guest. We would definitely recommend iit.
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Date of stay: June 2019
Brian M wrote a review Aug 2019
1 contribution
After 25 years of camping here, it has become like a prison with the rangers. I guess it is not a for family and kids just fisherman. Rangers are rude, come and go so often they can say what ever they want because every 6 months they are fired or quit.
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Date of stay: April 2019
Elizabeth S wrote a review Aug 2019
7 contributions
Santee Lake was conveniently located for the Triple Crown Fastpitch World Series held July 2019. We stayed in site # 2, which had lakeviews, was close to the Wifi, and restrooms. Restrooms were very clean. Laundry facility was clean with plenty of washers and dryer that accept credit cards or coins. Will definitely stay there again.
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Date of stay: July 2019
Michael B wrote a review Aug 2019
16 contributions
I really cannot stand this place the people who work here and run it can't Stan disabled people they treat you like second-class citizens it really feels this way sadly and it's not just me that feels this way
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
United StatesCaliforniaSantee
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Frequently Asked Questions about Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
Which popular attractions are close to Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve?
Nearby attractions include Santee Lakes (0.00 miles) and Santee Boulders or Mickey Mouse Mountain (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, a hot tub, and kids activities.
What are some restaurants close to Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve?
Conveniently located restaurants include Marys Donuts, Janet's Cafe, and In-N-Out Burger.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.