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Backcountry hidden pleasures:   Our guide to unique adventures in San Diego’s beautiful backcountry

By Miriam Raftery

December 19, 2017 (Lakeside) – It’s a great time of year to bring the kids out to enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, lake views, fresh air,  campfires and S’mores at Lake Jennings in Lakeside. This easily accessible lake with beautiful mountain views will be open daily during winter break from Friday, December 22 through Sunday, January 7th.  You may even spot a pair of bald eagles frequenting the lake this winter.  Camping options include traditional tent camping, recreational vehicle (RV) sites, and tipis. 

Also mark your calendars for fishing by the light of a full moon on Saturday, January 13th from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

During winter break, the lake will be open daily for boating and fishing, except for Christmas Day, though shore fishing will be available from the campground shoreline on Christmas.  Bait and Tackle shop hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and campground hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Another 1,500 pounds of trout is being stocked this week.  Here are some tips for fishing:  Trout were caught at Eagle Point this past weekend. Bass were biting around the dock and at Half Moon Cove, Hermit Cove and Sentry Point.  For early risers, bluegill and redear sunfish are being caught in Cloister Cove in early mornings.

For more information, or to make a camping reservation, visit http://www.lakejennings.org/.

East County Magazine gratefully acknowledges the County of San Diego for providing a Community Enhancement Grant to support our “Backcountry Hidden Pleasures” weekend getaways coverage.

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Gonna be cold, bring warm clothes and hot cocoa.