Campground FAQ

What is the Cancellation Policy?

If you must cancel your reservation, you will need to call our office during business hours at 619-596-3141. Our campground is near capacity year-round and your reservation likely means we have had to turn other guests away. Cancellations made more than 48 hours prior to arrival will incur a cancellation fee of $25 plus 10% of the reservation total, and an additional *10% of the total cancellation fee. There is no refund for cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to the arrival date or for an early departure.

*City of Santee TOT tax

What time is check-in and check-out?

Please see new check-in procedure due to COVID-19 here.

Sites are ready for your arrival at 1 p.m. Please be sure to be off your camping site by 12 noon on the day of check-out.

How do I check-in after hours?

If you are running late and need to check in after Park closing, you may do so until 10 p.m. If the front gate is locked when you arrive, simply press the call button and a friendly Staff member will direct you to your site.

What are the Park hours?

Please see temporary hours, due to COVID-19 here
March – September

Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday – Sunday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Memorial Day – 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

November – February

Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday – Sunday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday – Sunday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Is it necessary to make a reservation to camp at Santee Lakes?

While we encourage you to make a reservation either online or by phone as the Park does “book up” quickly, you may stay in the Campground without a reservation (subject to site availability).

May I camp in a tent?

We are predominantly an RV Park. However, if you want to experience a night under the stars, we have 9 sites for our tent campers. Please specify that you are a tent camper when making a reservation and we will try to accommodate a date and a site for you. But please, only 6 people and 1 tent per campsite.

May I have a campfire?

Yes, however you must bring a fire receptacle and the campfire must be contained and off the ground. We’ve found an old wash tub works great. All fires need to be extinguished by 10 p.m.

Please note: Per the Santee Fire Dept. Fire Code – Campfires are not allowed in the Mulberry Loop. It is the only loop in Santee Lakes, where campfires are not permitted.

May I bring my dog?

Santee Lakes Campground is pet friendly! Up to 3 dogs per site are welcome in the Campground. Pets must be leashed and accompanied by their owner at all times. Most guests prefer a quiet environment, so please keep your dog from barking. Dog Campground Rules:

  • Use designated pet walking areas
  • Never leave your pet unattended
  • Pet kennels are not permitted
  • Pick up after your pet
  • Pets are not allowed in the Day Use Park (Lakes 1-5)

May I bring my 4-wheeled utility vehicle, (i.e. rhino) or golf cart?

Yes. You may bring either, but they are treated the same as a vehicle. The same laws and Park rules apply and they must be registered and paid for in the Park office. No ATVs or personnel watercraft are allowed in the Park/Campground.

How many people can I have on my campsite?

No more than 6 people per campsite.

May I put more than one camping unit on my campsite?

No.  We allow one RV per site or one tent per site in designated tent sites.

Are there limitations due to COVID-19?

Yes.  Please see “COVID-19 Campground Protocols FAQ” section of our website.