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Santee Lakes, Santee

(4.3/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
194 acres of parkland with 300 full hook-up camp sites, stocked lakes, playgrounds, boating, General Store, walking/running trails, and special events year-round.
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  • My husband and I went to Santee Lakes a week ago. What a treat. We walked around the lakes and enjoyed every moment. The lakes are lovely and it's an easy flat walk. There is a fee $3-$5 depending on ...  more »
  • I love to take my dogs for a walk around the lakes. Plan on staying some weekend, as now they have very nice cabins. Areas for the kids to play and fishing. Does get warm in the summer.  more »
  • Growing Up in Santee Ca and Attending Santana Hugh School We love to Enjoy Santee Lakes For Reunions  more »
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  • Great camping experience! Clean well maintained bathrooms, free showers, great hookups.
  • This place is not sustainable. Although they've added several solar panels to a few roof tops, their landscapers and volunteers work together to destroy the natural environment in their effort to "clean up" nature. They gather the falling leaves in little piles along with the mulch that the park has paid to bring in, clean it all up and toss it in the garbage, leaving nothing but grainy dirt between the shrubs separating the sites. All the bugs that previously lived in the leaves and mulch then find residence in people's campers. This "cleanup" turns the ground into a desert, contributing to increased ground temperature, drier shrubbery and trees, and a crazy dust bowl. It's not worth washing my car because the dust settles on it so quickly. Other issues with the landscapers is that these guy don't know at all what they are doing. They cut trees for the sake of cutting trees without consideration for aesthetics, the concept of how a tree grows, or how the tree will contact an RV. Trees are often lopsided and butchered. The park also hires a tree trimming company at the wrong time of the year: spring. This is a time when the highest number of birds nests in the trees. Butchering them (the trees) in the spring, kills, injures and scares birds away. Additionally, spring cutting takes away the shade those trees would have provided in the summer, especially on hot days. This is by far some of the worst landscaping policy I've seen. Every other plant in the park is non-native. Many are African, "drought-tolerant" plants that only work to outcompete native flora. These reek havoc on native plants and discourage native and migratory birds from visiting and staying, because they don't actually provide food or shelter. Instead these African invaders have been planted for one reason: they look pretty. This park would have a lot more biodiversity if they stopped messing with the ecosystem. Last landscaping issue is that they spray the entire park in pesticides and herbicides. They douse native California plants with herbicides because they're tested like a "weed." They're exposing people, pets and wildlife to harmful cancerous toxins found in the Round-Up-based spray. If you want you and your children to get cancer, them here. More to come...
  • Arrived on Monday December 26. I'm 70 my husband is 73 and had open heart surgery this year We have a van that we can put seats down and have a queen mattress and porta poti. We had reservations for 3 nights we have relatives there. This morning early the water department lady came and said by a pup tent or leave We left really?
  • Love this place, staff and facilities are fantastic. Stay cation for us as we are 3.5 miles away.
  • The place was extremely clean, and we'll taken care of. I only gave them a 4 star because they are not a dog friendly park.