People are fishing at the lake
|Surface area||85 acres (34 ha)|
|Surface elevation||700 ft (210 m) above sea level|
Lake Jennings is known for being one of the most scenic parks in all of San Diego County. It is a welcoming recreation destination located in Lakeside, California offering fishing, camping, hiking, and picnicking activities. The lake is a drinking water reservoir owned and operated by Helix Water District. The scenic views of the lake and the wooded surroundings make it feel as if you are in the middle of the wilderness, right outside of town.
Lake Jennings hosts a 97-space campground that is open seven days a week year-round. It’s located on the north side of Lake Jennings, with a variety of spaces available for RVs, Trailers, Campers and Tents. Come on out, take a paddleboat, rowboat or motorboat for the day, and enjoy the beautiful weather! Cozy coves make great picnic spots, so don’t forget your picnic basket.
Lake Jennings offers a great escape for novice or avid fishermen, and is open for shore fishing daily, from the shoreline below the campground. Boat rentals, private boat launching, and fishing from our floating fishing dock is available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For your convenience, we have an on-site Bait and Tackle Shop open Friday through Sunday, offering a wide selection of bait, tackle, camping supplies, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Lake Jennings is a great destination for the serious and casual wildlife viewer and photographer. The rolling hills, the endless lake, the coastal sage, and the riparian areas provide a diverse habitat in a small area. Common sightings include deer, fox, and osprey. Bird watchers are equally drawn to Lake Jennings for its rich variety of bird species.
- "Lake Jennings". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "Regulations". Lake Jennings Website. Archived from the original on 16 October 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- "Lake Map". Lake Jennings Website. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- Fetzer, Leland (2005). San Diego County Place Names A to Z. San Diego: Sunbelt Publications. p. 22.
Chet Harritt Dam. A dam, built in 1962, to make Lake Jennings east of Lakeside in Quail Canyon. Chester (Chet) Harritt was the general manager of the Helix Irrigation District from 1926 to his death in 1948.
- Fetzer, Leland (2005). San Diego County Place Names A to Z. San Diego: Sunbelt Publications. p. 70.
Jennings, Lake. Two miles east of Lakeside behind Chet Harritt Dam. Named for William H. Jennings, water expert and lawyer (d. 1983). Authorities named the reservoir for him in 1964.
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