Lake Jennings, Lakeside California for Camping, Fishing, Boating, Wildlife Viewing and Bird Watching

Looking for a place in San Diego to camp, fish, hike or picnic? Lake Jennings is located in Lakeside, California. You'll think you're in the middle of the wilderness at Lake Jennings with views of the lake and the wooded surroundings. The lake is a drinking water reservoir owned and operated by the Helix Water District.

This lake hosts a campground, fishing, boating, hiking, wildlife viewing and bird watching.


Lake Jennings campground has a 96 space campground and is open seven days a week, year around. The various spaces for camping consist of 35 full hookups (water, electricity, and sewer), 35 partial hookup sites (electricity and water) and 26 non-hook up tent sites. The campground has free Wi-Fi throughout the campground.

For family gatherings and a place to sit indoors and play some games, the Pavilion is open for all registered campers. This large wooden covered structure has games such as ladder golf, and ping pong every day. On Saturdays, there are Arts & Crafts available. Some of the new activities include Jenga, Corn Hole, and tetherball. There is also a covered playground with a swing set and other play structures for kids.


Lake amenities include paddleboats, rowboats or motorboats available for renting on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Plus there are numerous coves around the lake that are great rest or picnic areas.


For fishermen or lady fishers', the lake is open for fishing and boating every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6:00 am until 7:30 pp.m. Shoreline fishing is available from the campground daily from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm A fishing permit and license are required.

For your convenience a bait and tackle shop is on site and opened Friday through Sunday providing bait, tackle, camping supplies snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. At the camp entrance station, you can purchase firewood, ice, and propane.


If you're into hiking, blaze some trails since Lake Jennings has miles and miles of hiking trails. Around the lake, hiking is a somewhat flat 5.5 miles. On the north side of the lake, you can reach the old "Flume" bench, a trail that's around 5 miles along the ridge of El Monte Valley. There are trails both through and around the campground. Around the campground is about one mile with slight elevation changes and a shorter trail within the campground of approximately 300 feet for all ages.


With Lake Jenning's rolling hills, the lake, the coastal sage, and riparian areas, there are various habitats. Deer can be seen early morning and late evening. Other critters roaming the lake area are bobcats, coyotes, skunks and raccoons. These animals are wild but do not mind being watched from a distance.

Bird watchers while at Lake Jennings can see a variety of birds from chaparral and aquatic habitats. More than any other country in the United States, San Diego has recorded 475 bird species.

For more information, please call:

Lake – (619) 443-2510

Campground – (619) 619 390-1623

Source by Adam Johnson

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