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 :( …
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.
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.
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.
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