Helix’s Lake Jennings is a nominee for a Golden Watchdog Award from the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

The SDCTA’s 22nd Annual Goldens Awards Dinner is Thursday at the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego. The Golden Watchdog and Golden Fleece Awards, according to the association, “give the public the opportunity to voice both admiration and criticism of government programs.” This Times of San Diego story will tell you which agencies are nominated this year and why.

Lake Jennings earned a nomination for its financial turnaround over the last four years.

WHERE WE WERE

-$120,000

Campground Net Revenues in 2012

WHAT WE DID

2013

Formed Lake Jennings Board Committee to focus on lake operations.

2014

Completed Lake Jennings Improvement Study and hired new Reservoir Recreation Ranger to manage lake operations.

2015

Approved development of a Lake Jennings brand, website and marketing plan.

Kayak Rentals

We added kayaks to our navy of rental boats.

Tipi Rentals

We added a new and exciting way to camp: in a tipi (every kid’s dream).

Events

Over 400 kids and families came to Kids Day in 2016.

Best of Award

Best of East County voters chose Lake Jennings as Best Campground.

5,500 Likes

Likes on Facebook increased from 164 in 2014 to over 5,500 in 2017.

3,500 Followers

Instagram followers increased from zero in 2014 to over 3,500 in 2017.

WHERE WE ARE NOW

$88,000

Campground Net Revenues in 2016

If you haven’t been to Lake Jennings it’s time to visit or stay for a couple of days. It’s close enough to get there after work, but far enough from the city to see the night sky and count shooting stars. And we have kids’ activities, like Fishing University, all day long. Tipi rentals are $65 weeknights and $75 on weekends, and kayak rentals are $10 an hour and $30 for a partial-day.

For more information and to make an online reservation go to lakejennings.org.

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