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Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

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San Diego, California
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We paid the admission fee of $3 and had ourselves a look: small lakes, creek, cabins, recreational areas, etc. It was our first time there and we liked what we saw. Could easily return for a weekend stay. Saw people fishing and the water was stocked with trout the day we were there. A busy freeway is visible, but there's...

1Thank SoCalMare
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Just checked in for two weeks at this campground to enjoy the San Diego area. Very clean sites. Vehicle access controled by gate code, so feel safe. Restrooms and pool also use a safety code. Desk staff very familiar with check-in procedures and very helpful. Our space has unobstructed view of Lake #6. There are seven altogether, but 1-5 are...

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Cedar City, Utah
Reviewed 31 December 2016

The RV space is wide and long but sand base does not handle the rain quite so well, but all in all very good for long stays, also Close enough to downtown Santee Town found great doughnut store "Mary's Doughnuts". If you have Verizon Cell reception is not good at all, you would think that Virizon would do a better...

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Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

We stayed here 4 nights to visit family members. Wonderful park. Many lakes which makes for great scenery. but to be on the water a smaller RV is better. We were in site 281 a pull thru really long nice site. We had a asphalt slab to park on in our site which is nice. Many sites are all dirt,...

Thank NRosenbaum
San Diego, California
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

I can't wait to go back! There was so much to do for myself my husband and my kids. It was so easy. The bathrooms were super clean. Great area for birdwatching fishing and swimming. The campsite was clean and well organized great for taking walks the little kid playgrounds were super cool. I have a one-year-old and eight-year-old and...

1Thank redrobot23
Reviewed 14 August 2016

I don't know where to start about this gem in the middle of the city. There are 5 lakes for fishing, bird watching or just quite time. Plenty of playgrounds for the little ones, they even have a playground for the handicapped children. The BBQ outside the park office has great burgers and always has a special going on. The...

1Thank Bryan S
Reviewed 5 July 2016

There are five little lakes. All man made, but laid out nicely. Lots of room to take a long walk along the water. They have camping, fishing, and boat rentals. I like to go in early spring and watch the birds. Great place in the middle of the city to get some nature. I recommend.

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Oxnard, California
Reviewed 16 June 2016

My husband and I got a spot right in front of the lake and it was amazing. This place is clean and well maintained. The staff is great. There are so many things to do here, they have paddle boats to great lake fishing, playgrounds for the kids, a pool area and a lot of places to have a bbq...

1Thank rosemarie p
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Santee Lakes is a very clean family place. Lots of kids playing around. Family place for sure. Will definitely be going back to this campground Make sure to book far out. Campgrounds books up very fast. Easy in and out of the campground as well.

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Duncan, Canada
Reviewed 15 March 2016

The Santee Lakes is a large park encompassing many features for day use, overnight cabins and RV campgrounds of several qualities along with other activies such as paddle boats and fishing. This review is for the Premier "Deluxe" Sites but applies to the Standard Sites as well. This is our second year staying at this campground. This year we have...

2Thank Bryan W

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“It's a park & campground !!!!”
  • Shady RV Patio
  • Fire Pit & Cabins
Bchgrl9, 29 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Floating cabins are 1, 2, and 3. All are good, but the best view is from 1 and 3. Cabin 1 is the quietest with fewer people passing by. .”
  • Floating Cabin Kitchen
  • Santee Lakes Floating Cabins
hankski, 16 Feb 2015 | Read review
“Reserve early and ask for a spot in the newer section - much nicer.”
jiggerb, 2 Aug 2014 | Read review
“You just need to read what each site offers.”
326lynng, 13 Jun 2014 | Read review
“Only the sites at the far end have cable TV.”
canyonmom, 6 Jan 2014 | Read review
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