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.

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 or find the lake on Facebook.

Spring Carnival 2017 Flyer

Scholarship applications due March 1

Scholarship applications due March 1

Helix’s scholarship application period for high school seniors is coming to a close on March 1. There are just two weeks left to submit an application for the Dr. Lillian M. Childs Scholarship and the Robert D. Friedgen Scholarship, which are offered by Helix Water District each year. Each of the scholarships is worth $1,000.  Click on the link at the end of this article for an application.

To be eligible, seniors must graduate this spring and attend a four-year college or university next fall. Applicants must also live in Helix’s service area, which includes the cities of Lemon Grove, La Mesa and El Cajon, the community of Spring Valley, and unincorporated areas of the county. Other eligibility and application requirements are listed below.

You’re eligible if

You have at
least a 3.0 GPA

You graduate
this spring

You attend a
university next fall

You live in Helix
Water District

How to apply


the application


Write a
2-page essay


Write a 1-page
goals assessment


Describe your
community service


Describe your
financial need


Include 2 letters
of recommendation


Include an
official transcript

Completed applications must by received by Helix Water District by Wednesday, March 1st at 5:00pm. Students can mail their applications to, or drop them off at, our Administration Office at 7811 University Avenue in La Mesa.

Helix Water District Application 2017

2016-17 Scholarships Flyer


Scholarships for future water leaders — apply by March 1st

Scholarships for future water leaders — apply by March 1st

As a member of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), Helix Water District is proud to share ACWA scholarship opportunities for college and university students working towards a career in water. Note that the application deadline is March 1, 2017.

Graduate students with an eye toward water resources may be eligible for the Stephen K. Hall ACWA Water Law & Policy Scholarship created in 2007 to honor former ACWA Executive Director Steve Hall upon his retirement. The $7,000 scholarship is presented annually to a qualified graduate student majoring in law, policy or public administration with a focus or concentration in California water resources.

Undergraduate students majoring in engineering, irrigation technology, environmental sciences, public administration and other water-resources related fields may be eligible for one of two $3,500 ACWA Scholarships, or the $5,000 Clair Hill Scholarship.  These scholarships are awarded to California residents attending a four-year, publicly funded college or university full-time as a junior or senior during the year the scholarship is awarded.

For more information go to

All scholarship applications must be postmarked by March. 1. Contact ACWA Outreach and Social Media Specialist Marie Meade at 916-441-4545, ext. 2329 with questions.

High school video contest entries due April 1

High school video contest entries due April 1

Create a one to two minute video showing the public “what’s so special about special districts” and you could win the 2017 High School Student Video Contest sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the California Special Districts Association (CSDA).

The objective of the contest is for high school students to create four public service announcements for CSDA that raise awareness about special districts and the services they provide in San Diego County. The association will award $1,000 to the student and $500 to their school for each of the winning videos.

Go to for the contest flyer, rules, judging criteria and contest application. Entries are due by April 1, 2017 and you must attend a high school in San Diego County to enter. Winners are announced in May.

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