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July 11, 2013 (Lakeside) – What could be more idyllic than to while away a summer’s day at a beautiful lake?  You can channel your inner Tom Sawyer as you explore Lake Jennings, where you can try your hand at fishing,  campin,g hiking trails to savor nature watching, or glide across the water’s surface aboard a rented canoe, motorboat, or paddle boat.

As a special treat for family summer fun seekers, the recreational side of Lake Jennings (a reservoir)  is open daily in July. Hours are Sundays through Thursdays 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays, 5;30 a.m. until midnight for those who wish to savor the outdoor experience under the stars after  sunset – or do some night fishing.

The lake is stocked with 8,000 pounds of catfish, has had a record bass weighing over 17 pounds caught here,  and even offers free fishing lessons on Thursdays and Saturdays in the Bait & Tackle Shop at 10 a.m.  Non-fishing day passes cost just $2 for adults and kids under 16 can fish free. 

You can also take a free walking tour on “Walk About Wednesday” at 9 a.m.; meet in the Bait & Tackle Shop and wear comfortable shoes.

Dusk is a great time to watch for wildlife, including deer often seen in the park and the occasional eagle soaring high above.

The lake also has campgrounds open 365 days a year for overnight stays. For reservations, visit

Lake Jennings Park is located at 9535 Harritt Road in Lakeside, 92040 and is operated by Helix Water District. For more information, visit