Spring Carnival April 8th at Lake Jennings

Spring Carnival April 8th at Lake Jennings

Spring Carnival at Lake Jennings is Saturday, April 8th from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

The event will feature an egg hunt, the Kid’s Pond for children under 10 years of age, free paddle boating for the whole family, and fishing for 1,700 pounds of freshly stocked Rainbow Trout.

The carnival kicks off Spring Break. Lake Jennings will be open everyday from April 7th to April 23rd.

Reserve a campsite or a tipi online at lakejennings.org. Or give us a call at 619-390-1623.


Enter the Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest

Enter the Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest

Do you love the great outdoors? Do you have a digital SLR or cellphone camera?  If so, come out and compete in this year’s Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest.

Shooting window is from March to the end of May and contest participants can get a free day pass to explore the reservoir to seek, find and capture eye-catching images.

Competition sponsor Helix Water District makes 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes available in each of two divisions, adult and youth.

This is a purely digital competition with a requirement for entries (no more than three per photographer) to be emailed to the competition coordinator by midnight Wednesday, May 31.

The complete set of rules and entry and model release forms can be downloaded from http://lakejennings.org/photocontest/

Last year’s competition garnered 52 entries from 21 photographers.  In addition to the top prizes, judges awarded seven honorable mentions.  Winning pictures from the 2016 contest were posted to the Lake Jennings Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LakeJennings)

Previously known as the Lake Jennings Month-of-March Photo Contest, the competition was renamed and its shooting timeframe expanded to include March, April and May to allow shutterbugs a greater amount of time to capture imagery.

Tour our water treatment plant — April 29th

Tour our water treatment plant — April 29th

Want to see Helix’s water treatment process — how we produce the safe, high quality drinking water we deliver to your home? Reserve your spot on a tour of the R.M. Levy Water Treatment Plant on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:30am.

You’ll see each step of the treatment process, from the control room to the chemistry lab to the ozonation facility. The tour is the next session of Helix Water Talks, our new series tours and discussions to give customers an inside look at how we provide a safe and reliable water supply – from the science and engineering to the policies and operations.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

9550 Lake Jennings Park Road in Lakeside Map

Have a cup of coffee and meet the staff.

Tour the plant. Wear comfortable shoes!

Have more questions? Let’s discuss them.

Reserve up to two spots on the tour at hwd.com/events/helix-water-talks/.
Scroll down to Bookings and complete the reservation form.

Thank You, East County!

Thank You, East County!

Helix’s Lake Jennings was voted Best Fishing and Best Camping in the East County Californian’s Best of East County Readers Poll 2016.

The weekly newspaper conducts the poll each year with its readers —  71,000 East County residents – and released the results this month. Lake Jennings was voted top fishing and camping destination last year, as well. “I’d like to repeat this every year,” said Kira Haley, Helix’s Lake Recreation Manager.

“We’ve been working hard to improve the whole experience that you have when you come to Lake Jennings,” said Haley. “The East County Californian’s Readers Poll tells me we’re focusing on the right things and making a difference. And it’s nice to be appreciated.”

Lake Jennings was also recognized this month by the East County Chamber of Commerce. The organization recognized Helix with a Business of the Year Award in the entertainment and recreation category for the district’s operation of Lake Jennings.  The chamber recognizes businesses for their accomplishments and for the tremendous and lasting impact they’ve made on our community.

Lake Jennings is known as 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.  If you have not visited the lake to experience all it has to offer, grab your fishing pole, tent, a camera and your hiking boots and come visit the lake today!




The Helix Flume Trail is open for hiking

The Helix Flume Trail is open for hiking

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Helix Board President Joel Scalzitti cut the ribbon on February 16th, marking the grand opening of the Helix Flume Trail, a public trail that zig zags up the hillside from the old El Monte Pump Station. The county trail features interpretive signs that explain how the trail got its name — it follows the route of the old redwood flume that delivered water at the beginning of the 20th century from Lake Cuyamaca to La Mesa.

Want to hike the trail in under two minutes? Watch the county’s virtual hike video.

Driving directions to this newly opened stretch of the Helix Flume Trail

  • Take I-8 East
  • Take Exit 23, Lake Jennings Park Road
  • Turn left on to Lake Jennings Park Road
  • Turn right at 4-way stop on to El Monte Road
  • Trailhead is .6 miles ahead on the right, at the old El Monte Pump Station

Driving directions to the previously opened stretch of the Helix Flume Trail

  • Take I-8 East
  • Take Exit 23, Lake Jennings Park Road
  • Turn left on to Lake Jennings Park Road
  • Turn right at 4-way stop on to El Monte Road
  • Trailhead is 4.1 miles ahead on the right, at El Monte County Park

Read San Diego County’s Helix Flume Trail Fact Sheet

San Diego County Virtual Hike Video

San Diego County News Video

Egg hunt and more April 8th at Lake Jennings

Egg hunt and more April 8th at Lake Jennings

Photo: Could it be?

We only allow hunting at Lake Jennings once a year — for eggs!

Bring your kids to Spring Carnival at Lake Jennings on Saturday, April 8th, from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

Hunt for 2,000 hidden eggs

Fish the Kids Pond (children under 10)

Fish Lake Jennings — we’re stocking 1,700 pounds of trout for this event

Rent a paddle boat or a kayak

Better yet, reserve a campsite and stay for the weekend

For more information, call 619-390-1623, go to lakejennings.org or find the lake on Facebook.

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