About Us


Padre Dam Municipal Water District built Santee Lakes to demonstrate the promise of water recycling.

Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve hosts over 660,000 visitors a year. The 190‐acre Park with 7 beautiful recycled water lakes that are stocked with sport fish year-round.  The Park provides amenities including camping, cabin rentals, fishing, boating, special events, playgrounds, walking trails, and approximately 230 bird species. Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve is owned and operated by Padre Dam Municipal Water District. It is self‐sustaining, receiving no funds from water/sewer ratepayers or taxpayer subsidies. The Park operates from user fees, grants and awards and collaborations with community groups and organization partnerships.

Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve enhances our community through the delivery of exceptional recreation opportunities, the restoration and protection of environmental assets, and the re-investment in our Park and Campground for the benefit of people.

Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve achieves its purpose by:

Supporting the vision and mission of the Padre Dam Municipal Water District.

Focusing on the 3 R’s: Recreation, Restoration, and Re-investment.

Delivering exceptional customer service.

Maintaining a safe and clean environment.

Training our employees and volunteers to perform at their best.

Incorporating technologies that promote best practices in our business.

Practicing our core values: Trust, Integrity, Competence, Accountability, & Service.

Resolving problems and issues before they become customer concerns.

Working together as a team, regardless of our position, to achieve our purpose.

Recognizing our teamwork and celebrating our successes.