Santee Lakes

SANTEE LAKES HOSTS EGGSTRAVAGANZA EVENT MARCH 30

 

March 29, 2013 (Santee)--Santee Lakes hosts an "Eggstravaganza" event this Saturday complete with continuous egg hunts, live entertainment, pony rides, petting zoo, craft booths and carnival rides.

This event is brought to you by Padre Dam Municipal Water District and the City of Santee. Click here for more information.

PADRE DAM BOARD APPROVES LEASE FOR SANTEE TEEN CENTER; COST IS A DOLLAR A MONTH

 

March 20, 2013 (Santee) – Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a $1 per month lease agreement for the Santee Teen Center located at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve. The City of Santee requested the $1.00 per month lease payment for the Teen Center building due to funding shortfalls for the Teen Center Program.

BODY FOUND AT SANTEE LAKES

By Miriam Raftery

January 17, 2013 (Santee)—A man’s body was found floating in the water at Santee Lakes this morning.

ECM news partner 10 News reports that workers opening a locked gate at 8:30 spotted a blue cap floating in the water.  A parked vehicle with keys on the dashboard was also found nearby, Santee Patch reports. The body was partially submerged at the edge of Lake One.

HO! HO! HO! SANTA AT THE LAKES DECEMBER 9

November 26, 2012 (Santee) – Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve will be holding Santa at the Lakes on December 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There will be snow for sledding, pony rides, a petting zoo, carnival rides and craft booths.  The star of the event will be Santa.

Parking is $5 per vehicle and activity and ride tickets are 50 cents each.  For moe information call 619-596-3141 or visit www.santeelakes.com.

“LIGHTING AT THE LAKES: SOLAR TREE TO SHINE IN SANTEE DEC. 8

November 25, 2012 (Santee) – The Santee Lakes Foundation, in concert with San Diego State University, SDG&E and the Santee Lakes Preserve presents the inaugural “Lighting at the Lakes – 2012” December 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  at Lake One under the new Pavilion. 

FRIDAY NIGHT IS MOVIE NIGHT AT SANTEE LAKES: JULY 20, AUGUST 3 & 17

July 18, 2012 (Santee) – Santee Lakes hosts Friday movie nights this summer.  Bring a blanket or chairs and your picnic and enjoy movies under the stars.  The Friday night lineup includes:

Kung Fu Panda – July 20
Muppets – August 3
Dolphin Tale – August 17

BIRD TALK: THE AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN

 
By Greg Dunne
                                                
March 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--  You might ask what a Pelican is doing inland at any of these East County Lakes: Lake Murray, Lake Jennings, Santee Lakes and Lindo Lake.  Most people associate Pelicans with the sea coast, as do I.  When I see Pelicans at La Jolla Cove it seems perfectly natural and there are always plenty of them to be seen.  Of the two species of Pelicans in our area, The Brown Pelican and the American White Pelican, it’s the American White Pelican that is frequently seen at and around our lakes in the East County.  

 

BIRD TALK: THE REGAL OSPREY

 

 
By Greg Dunne
                                                
February 14, 2012  (Lake Murray) --  One of the royalty members of the skies in the bird world is the Osprey. The king of raptors may go to the Bald Eagle, but on an equal hierarchy as the Eagle is the magnificence Sea Hawk, Fish Hawk, Sea Eagle--  more commonly known today as the Osprey.

BIRD TALK: MANDARIN DUCKS SIGHTED AT SANTEE LAKES

 

By Greg Dunne

January 16, 2012 (Lindo Lake) --  The latest poser for my Canon was this beautiful Mandarin Duck on January 14.  On a cold, cloudy Saturday  morning at the water’s edge at Lindo Lake it was my first new bird of the year 2012!  This is the first time I’ve seen a Mandarin Duck in the wild.

SNOW AND SANTA SUNDAY AT SANTEE LAKES


December 9, 2011 (Santee) – Santa and snow are in the forecast for Sunday, December 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the annual Santa at the Lakes at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve. Tons of snow for sledding, Santa visits, and s’mores around the fire are highlights of this year’s event.

UNIVERSITY VOLUNTEERS HELP WOOD DUCK NESTING PROJECT AT SANTEE LAKES


December 3, 2011 (Santee) -- On a warm fall afternoon, students from the Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) drove through the gates of Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve to help with a very special project – the Wood Duck Nesting Project. This project rehabilitates nesting homes for the native Wood Duck population ‐ PLNU has volunteered to participate in this project for the past four years.
 

PADRE DAM MWD DEDICATES WATER RECYCLING FACILITY TO RAY STOYER


November 13, 2011 (Santee) -- On Monday, November 7th, Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors honored Ray Stoyer and celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Santee Lakes by renaming the Santee water recycling facility the Ray Stoyer Water Recycling Facility.

BIRD TALK: THE GREEN HERON

By Greg Dunne

                                                
November 2, 2011 (Lake Murray) --This is one of my favorite birds. It’s also John Vanderpoel’s  #183 bird on his 2011 “Big Year” bird list. More on that later.
 
The Green Heron is an odd sort of bird, short and stocky; it reminds me of a cartoon caricature from the 1960’s.  It is smart, tough, and intolerant of other birds--even other herons!  

CABINS NOW OPEN AT SANTEE LAKES

 

Story and photos by Miriam Raftery

April 12, 2011--Santee Mayor Randy Voepel, Miss Santee Maria Maes, local legislators’ representatives and community leaders were on hand last week for the grand opening of Santee’s newest attraction: ten waterfront cabins, including three afloat on Lake Seven.
 

Invited guests savored a cake baked to resemble the lake itself, complete with cabins and waterfowl.  The occasion also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Santee Lakes.

PADRE PULLS PLUG, CANCELS CABLE SKI PARK FOR SANTEE LAKES

By Miriam Raftery
 

March 24, 2011 (Santee) – Padre Dam Municipal Water District announced today that its Board of Directors voted on March 22 to end its agreement with Sudweeks Development LLC to construct and operate a cable ski park at Santee Lakes. Sudweeks “was unable to proceed with the project and requested a settlement. The lack of available financing in the current economy played a major role in Sudweeks’ request,” a press release issued by the district revealed.
 

“We saw the cable ski park as a new and exciting family recreation opportunity, and as an innovative use of recycled water for recreation, which is what Santee Lakes is all about,” said Padre Dam’s General Manager, Allen Carlisle. The project, which would have been built on Lake 1, also included a restaurant, pro shop and recreational beach area.
 

But Julie Naggar, who has led opposition to the project, said she is relieved by the cancellation. “I just think it’s a win for the neighborhood… The people who love this park come here for the beauty of it. A daily ski park would have been unbearable, with the noise and the crowds.”

AHOY! FLOATING CABINS DEBUT AT SANTEE LAKES APRIL 1

 

Story and photos by Miriam Raftery
 

March 7, 2011 (Santee) –Golden lights glowed from the interiors of floating and waterfront cabins at Santee Lakes--cozy havens which will soon be accommodating overnight guests. I took a sneak-preview stroll along Lake 7 at twilight—witnessing the transformation from daytime to nightfall in the campground.

 

SOMETHING FISHY: PRIZES FOR TROUT FISHING SATURDAY AT SANTEE LAKES

January 14, 2011 (Santee) – It sounds like a fish story: Santee Lakes are stocked with 13,000 pounds of rainbow trout during trout season from November through March. This stock includes large trophy trout up to 16 pounds, as well as tagged trout worth cash and prizes. In addition, the lucky fisherman who catches the biggest whopper of a trout on Saturday, January 15th will win a Nintendo Wii.

RATE HIKES, WATER SUPPLIES, & SANTEE LAKES’ FUTURE AT ISSUE IN PADRE DAM MUNICIPAL WATER BOARD RACES

 

7 candidates vie for 3 seats
By Miriam Raftery
October 7, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Water board races don’t often stir up controversy.

 

AN EVENING TO REMEMBER: SYMPHONY AT THE LAKES JUNE 12

 

June 10, 2010 (Santee) – On June 12, Santee Lakes will come alive with the sounds of orchestral and jazz music. Young Artists Symphony (YAS) and the Santee-Lakeside Rotary are collaborating to present this special evening of music, dance, refreshments, wine and cuisine at the YAS Symphony at the Lakes.

CAN YOU CATCH A WHOPPER? CATFISH SEASON OPENS AT SANTEE LAKES APRIL 17

 

 

March 23, 2010 (Santee) – Barona Valley Ranch Resort announces a catfish catching contest at Santee Lakes. The season starts April 17 and runs through October 31st. This year, the lakes have been stocked with 23,000 pounds of catfish. Catch a tagged catfish and win prizes including cash, fishing poles, tackle boxes, camping gear and free fishing passes.

 

LEFT IN THE WAKE: SANTEE COUNCIL APPROVES CABLE SKI, WAKEBOARDING & RESTAURANT FACILITIES AT SANTEE LAKES OVER OBJECTIONS OF NEIGHBORS

Mayor Randy Voepel, Vice Mayor Brian Jones and Councilman Hal Ryan voted in favor, Council members Jack Dale and John Minto voted against controversial project

By Miriam Raftery

October 29, 2009 (Santee) – By a 3-2 vote, the Santee City Council voted last night to approve a major use permit for Sudweeks Development to construct a cable ski and wakeboarding facility at Santee Lakes. The project, previously approved by Padre Dam Municipal Water District, will operate seven days a week and also include a restaurant serving alcohol until 11 p.m.

The measure was approved despite strenuous and, at times, tearful objections from dozens of Santee residents and environmentalists.The developer and less than a half dozen supporters argued that the project will increase recreational opportunities in Santee, also boosting revenues for Padre Municipal Water District.

“I have an attorney. We are not done fighting this,” Santee resident Julie Naggar told East County Magazine, hinting that a class action lawsuit may be an option.

SPRING EGGSTRAVAGANZA AT SANTEE LAKES

April 9, 2009 (Santee)—Carnival rides, a petting zoo, crafts, food, inflatables and pony rides are among the attractions planned for “Eggstravaganza at Santee Lakes” on Saturday, April 11th. Continuous egg hunts will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Egg hunts are limited to children eight and younger. The Easter Bunny will also be on hand—and “hoppy” to have photos taken with children.

There is a $4 parking cost at Santee Lakes, though admission to the event is free. Ride tickets cost 50 cents apiece. Cash only will be accepted at the event.

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