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Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

9310 Fanita Pkwy
Santee, CA 92071

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Region: East County Hours of Operation: March-September
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday-Sunday: 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

Santee Lakes is located in the heart of the east county just outside of San Diego, in the city of Santee. A beautiful 194 acre park surrounds seven scenic lakes. Fishing in one of the lakes stocked year round requires no State license, just a permit from our General Store. There are 6 playgrounds to choose from including a sprayground and boulder island adventure course for all ages! A new MegaTower structure has replaced the Lake 1 playground! Rent a pedal boat, rowboat or canoe and spend the day cruising around the islands.  Bike rentals are now available-cruisers, coupes and surreys! There are over 5 miles of trails for walking, running and biking. There are also over 178 species of birds that call Santee Lakes home, for those bird watching enthusiasts! All of these recreation opportunities are set in a natural environment. It is truly the best backyard in San Diego!

Santee Lakes Camping & Cabins

Santee Lakes has plenty of options for the perfect campsite. You can enjoy camping in our 300 site full hook-up campground or renting a Cabin along the waterfront or floating on the water. Whether you prefer a peaceful spot by the lake, a site by our meandering creek, or close to the fun and facilities that the Clubhouse has to offer; we have the variety that welcomes all interests! Did we mention that our facilities are 50% powered by the sun? Reduce your carbon footprint with us at Santee Lakes!

Things to Know:

  • Santee Lakes is open year-round
  • Please see our website for hours and fees
  • Picnic area reservations are available for small and large gatherings
  • You can book your Cabin or Campground site online
  • Santee Lakes now has Bike Rentals

Don't Miss:

  • Trout Opener
  • Eggstravaganza
  • Green Day
  • Summer Movie Series starting in June running through August
  • Catfish Opener

More Information

  • Destination Weddings
  • General Admission Adult
  • General Admission Senior
  • Park Type: Parks
  • Full Day


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