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Santee Lakes Celebrates 60 Years &

Grand Opening of Tin Fish Restaurant and General Store

Santee Lakes is turning 60 this summer! Since 1961, 21.9 billion gallons of water have been recycled at our Ray Stoyer Water Reclamation Facility north of Santee Lakes, and have flown through Santee Lakes, which creates a unique recreation area. In addition to the recreational benefit, our water recycling project diverts two million gallons of partially treated sewage from entering the Pacific Ocean every day. That’s 730 million gallons every year!  After making its way through the Lakes, approximately 50% of the water is used at our local golf course, city parks, and schools. This has increased the community’s water supply with no burden on taxpayers or ratepayers while reducing the wastewater stream and processing costs. Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve hosts over 760,000 visitors annually. The 190‐acre park surrounds seven lakes that are stocked with sport fish year-round.  Our amenities include: a campground with 300 full hook-up sites, seven lakefront and three floating rental cabins on Lake 7, seven playgrounds including a Sprayground, pedal boats, five miles of walking and biking trails, and more.   For 60 years, our facility has been a recreational and environmental asset to our community, and that is worth celebrating!

Tin Fish Santee Lakes Restaurant and Oyster Bar will be serving their “Best Fish Tacos in San Diego” and much more from the new kitchen.  Guests will enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner on our beautifully constructed 4,000–square-foot, steel-framed dining deck over the water of Lake 4.

Director of Park and Recreation, Laura Koval, said, “The vision to add a professional kitchen and dining deck over Lake 4 was merely a dream on paper in 2016. As a self-funded operation, Santee Lakes could not have made this $9 million upgrade to our facility without our loyal campers and customers who support us every day through user fees. Through a partnership with Tin Fish, we are thrilled to offer this premier amenity to guests.”

From the Owner /Operator, Ed Kim: “With myself and Chef Joseph Melluso at the helm, Tin Fish Restaurants is proud to partner with Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve to bring East County another first-rate food option. Part of our Tin Fish philosophy, besides our quality food, is to operate for the betterment of the communities we serve.”

During their soft opening, Tin Fish will open at 8:30 AM daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The resturant will close at 5:30PM and is subject to change. Details for the Grand Opening of Tin Fish Restaurant and Oyster Bar and other events will be posted on our Facebook Events Page, as well as our website at santeelakes.com. You may also follow @santeelakes on Instagram for updates.