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Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve

Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve is a beautiful weekend getaway located in Southern California. Annually, Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve attracts more than 760,000 people to the area. In the 190-acre park, you’ll find seven lovely recycled water lakes with year-round sport fish populations. Ray Stoyer Water Reclamation Facility north of Santee Lakes recycles 2,000,000 gal/day, and the water that is recycled flows through Santee Lakes, creating a unique recreational environment. Every day, 2 million gallons of partially treated sewage are saved from entering the Pacific Ocean thanks to our water recycling operation. How many gallons does that equal each year? Our neighborhood golf club, city parks, and schools all consume around half of the water that comes from the Lakes. As a result, the community’s water supply has been boosted without putting any further strain on the taxpayers or ratepayers. More interesting reads.


Campgrounds, cabins for rent, fishing and boating, playgrounds, walking routes, facility rentals, special events, and about 230 bird species are all available at Santee Lakes. Padre Dam Municipal Water District owns and operates Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve. Neither water nor sewage ratepayers nor taxpayer subsidies fund Santee Lakes. Santee Lakes is able to stay open because of guest fees, grants and awards, community collaborations, and sponsorships.


Wish you had a lake in your backyard? Well, come to Santee Lakes, where the fishing is great! We stock our Lakes year-round with over 35,000 lbs. of Catfish and Rainbow Trout on a seasonal basis! Bluegill and Bass are also prevalent. And we have a catch and release policy on Large-mouth Bass. 


You know what? Sometimes it’s more fun to travel in the dark. It’s like exploring a new world without worrying about your appearance and trying to fit in. And we’re here to help you with that, especially if you want to catch a few fish along the way. Join us for one of our night fishing events, and see what it feels like when you get up close to the water and embrace nature at its finest. Things get wild after 5:00 pm. Buckle up!


Where nature meets beauty, Santee Lakes is a perfect place to create a memorable event. You and your guests will enjoy our beautiful scenic backdrop and lakeside ceremony sites. Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve is the perfect place for your next picnic, party, wedding, or corporate event. Our great lakeside location and fabulous weather make it easy to have fun at Santee Lakes! Located just 19 miles from downtown San Diego, our lakeside setting provides a wonderful backdrop for your next event.


Federally recognized holiday hours are the same as Fridays and Saturdays in the month they fall.  Santee Lakes is open year-round but is closed on Thanksgiving & Christmas due to hanging with family and our dehydrated lawn giving us the stink eye. Your pet can walk around Lakes 5 & 6 all day, so long as it’s leashed, cleaned up after, and not a bear. Browse next article >>>


Camp, swim, and fish at this 7-lake destination near San Diego. Immerse yourself in all that California has to offer at Santee Lakes. Grab your whole family and head to the waterside playground along Lake 5, where you can cool off in a zero-depth sprayground, then picnic while gazing out at the beautiful lake. Make your way back up to the campground if you need a break from the water, and pitch your tent right along the shores of Lake 4 for an amazing view.

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