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Santee Lakes

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Address: 9310 Fanita Pkwy, Santee, CA 92071-7906
Phone Number: +1 619-596-3141
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Restful place to picnic or camp

Calm place to relax and bike. Safe environment. Nice swimming pool and great bike ride or walk around lake or lakes. Recommend reservations for the cabins and camping

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Bob D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Calm place to relax and bike. Safe environment. Nice swimming pool and great bike ride or walk around lake or lakes. Recommend reservations for the cabins and camping

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Thank Bob D
Alpine, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have spent many hours here, whether it be walking the nearby trails, a quiet day fishing or meeting friends in the campground area there is endless things to do here and nearby. This visit had to do with a meeting of a bunch of friends and we utilized the clubhouse. Plenty of room for everyone, plenty of room for... More 

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Thank 10ringtraveler
Lakeside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place for camping, fishing, parties hanging out with friends. swimming pool, walking trails, near shopping, quiet, tranquil, peaceful

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Thank danandchele
Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is a beautiful campground with a lot of different site choices to choose from. The pool is pretty cold however and it was in the 80's this weekend and the pools were way to cold for us to get into. The hot tub was a funny green yellowish color which kept me from getting in it. Scary. The man... More 

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Thank Cathy J
san diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This lovely park consists of a string of man-made lakes which stretches for several blocks. It is possible to park on Lake Canyon drive for free and just walk in and thereby save the parking fee (about $8). They have paddle boats and kayaks you can rent and paddle around (with life vests) which the kids love. Zillions of water... More 

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Thank amayazhi
San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Santee lakes is a great destination for families, seniors, singles... A string of lovely outdoor lakes with many varieties of outdoor entertainment. I love the swan boats but, there are also places for games, sports and playgrounds and, best of all, fishing or just relaxing by the water.

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Thank Ann G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

This is a wonderful and clean park to visit. You can fish too! In the summer they have movies which is very nice to take the family and have a picnic. Early morning is a great time to walk around the lakes.

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Thank Marsha T
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

I have been here a few times and they have made a lot of improvements for the family. I love camping but I'd rather camp further away from a city.

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Thank Reg A
Santee, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

We are very fortunate to have the lakes about 2 miles from your house,makes for a quick,cheap an easy getaway in our motorhome. It's a great place for the whole family with the pools and jungle jims for the kids in a great setting. plus the all the open grassy areas for games or just throwin' the ball around. I... More 

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Thank stupidshane
Green Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

While the prices have gone up over the years still the place to stay in the San Diego area. Lots to do in the park with kids. Park is well maintained, restrooms are clean, wifi works well, sites are good, etc. Cell service, particularly for Verizon, can be spotty thanks to Miramar. One of our favorite places to stay.

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