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.

The contest is open to photos taken at Lake Jennings between March 1 and May 31, 2021. Contest participants can get a free day pass to explore and photograph the scenic reservoir located in Lakeside.

This year’s contest theme is Life at the Lake. Photos can capture any aspect of the lake including camping, fishing, lake vistas, wildlife and wildflowers.

The district will award prizes in two divisions, adult and youth. First place winners in each division will receive $150, second place winners will receive $100 and third place winners will receive $50. Awards will be presented at a public board meeting in June.

Judging will be performed by a panel of Helix Water District staff and will be based on this year’s theme, visual appeal, technical quality and creativity.

This year, current health orders limit visitor and photographer access to the larger, recreational side of the reservoir.  At this time only registered campers may access the lake’s campground. Check the Lake Jennings website for up to date information and safety guidelines at lakejennings.org.

Entries must be submitted digitally to photocontest@helixwater.org by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 31. There is a limit of three photo submissions per photographer, and photos may not contain watermarks. The complete set of rules and entry and model release forms are available below and on Lake Jennings’s website.

2021 Lake Jennings Photo Contest Rules

2021 Lake Jennings Photo Contest Entry Form

 

Image shows owl dropping out of Eucalyptus tree at Lake Jennings, with wings and talons spread. The image was Kurt Scherbaum's entry in Helix's 2019 Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest.
Photo: Kurt Scherbaum, second place winner in the 2019 Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest’s adult category
Image shows woman sitting on fishing dock in a cove at Lake Jennings.. The image was Frances Schnall's entry in Helix's 2019 Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest.
Photo: Frances Schnall, third place winner in the 2019 Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest’s adult category

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Lake Jennings Voted Best Place to Go

Lake Jennings Voted Best Place to Go

Thank you, East County. And congratulations to everyone who makes Lake Jennings such an award-winning destination.

Lake Jennings was voted a “Best Place to Go” in the East County Californian’s 2020 Best of East County Readers Poll. The weekly newspaper announced results yesterday after three months of balloting to identify East County’s favorite people, places and things.

The lake was voted the winner in nine categories:

Gold Star Winner

  • Best Park
  • Best Place to Walk/Jog
  • Best Place to Walk Your Dog
  • Best Place for a First Date
  • Best Teen Hangout
  • Prettiest Part of East County
  • Best Thing About Living in East County

 Silver Star Winner

  • Best Camping
  • Best Fishing

 “I am really pleased to see that Lake Jennings has become the place to go for working out and hanging out,” said Helix Board President Joel Scalzitti. “The board, the district and the staff at Lake Jennings are committed to providing a top notch destination.”

“We certainly expect to receive high ratings every year,” said Helix’s Division 1 Director Dan McMillan, who chaired the board’s park, land, lakes and garden committee in 2020. “The East County  Californian’s Readers Poll tells me we’re focusing on the right things and making a difference, even during a pandemic.”

Lake Jennings is open for fishing, boating, picnics and fitness every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Winter is trout season,” said Haley. “We’re stocking the lake with 3,000 pounds of rainbow trout each month. You can fish from shore, rent a boat or kayak, or launch your own boat.”

If you want to go camping, you’ll have to wait. To comply with the stay at home order in California, the lake is not accepting new camping reservations for arrival dates before March 1st.

Visit www.lakejennings.org to sign up for the weekly newsletter on happenings at the lake, and follow the lake on facebook.com.

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Helix launches virtual school programs

Helix launches virtual school programs

Third and fifth grade teachers in the Helix Water District service area can now enroll their classes in one of Helix’s virtual school programs. 

We have a hands-on activity for third graders and a virtual tour of our R.M. Levy Water Treatment Plant for fifth graders. Each one-hour program meets next-generation science standards and STEAM curriculum requirements.

Our third-grade program, “Dams, Lakes and Rivers,”  offers a live presentation for third graders to learn about natural water supplies and storage reservoirs, including Lake Jennings, the district’s reservoir and recreational area located in Lakeside. We provide classes with materials so students can be engineers and build a functional dam.

We transitioned our fifth-grade treatment plant tour to a live, virtual tour. We will take students virtually through the R.M Levy Water Treatment Plant and go step-by-step through our drinking water treatment process. Students will see the plant inside and out, learn the process and hear from actual experts at the plant about what it takes to supply clean drinking water to our faucets each day.

“Our interactive virtual school programs introduce students to our water resources, infrastructure and water quality,” said Helix Water District’s Director of Administrative Service Jennifer Bryant. “We designed our programs with the students in mind, and made them engaging, informative and fun.”

Teachers can book a virtual activity by contacting our Education Assistant, Francine Thompson, at 619-667-6264 or Francine.thompson@helixwater.org

About Helix Water District

Helix Water District is a not-for-profit local government agency that provides water treatment and distribution for 277,000 people in the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove, the community of Spring Valley and areas of Lakeside — east of downtown San Diego. Helix also provides treated water to neighboring Padre Dam, Otay and Lakeside water districts.

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Register to camp for spooky activities at Lake Jennings

Register to camp for spooky activities at Lake Jennings

For the next two weekends, Lake Jennings is hosting Spooky Camp-o-ween for registered campers. Spooky Camp-o-ween is a great opportunity for campers to have a ghoulishly good time celebrating Halloween while still being socially distant and safe.
We know this year is far from normal and we are unable to offer campsite trick-or-treating. Instead, we are offering a weekend of activities that start on Friday night and continue to Saturday evening.

Arrive on Friday and request a socially distant crafts kit from the Fall Fairy. Join us Saturday and show off your spookiest campsite and killer costumes. We are also hosting a socially distant costume parade. Our grand prize winner will receive a free camping weekend, complete with a boat rental and fishing permits.

Friday
Fall Fairy drops off crafts to campsites

Saturday
Campsite Decorating Contest judging at 4:00 p.m.
Costume parade through the campground at 6:30 p.m.

Anytime over the weekend
Spooky socially distanced scavenger hunt

Remember, Spooky Camp-o-ween is only open to registered campers only. Reservations fill up fast so make yours today. Reserve a site now* at www.lakejennings.org or over the phone at (619) 390-1623.

*Campsites can only be occupied by members of the same household. No sharing of campsites, sorry!

Image shows a Halloween pumpkin in the forest

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Lake Jennings reopens with some limitations

Lake Jennings reopens with some limitations

Lake Jennings will reopen its campground in a limited capacity Friday, June 5. The recreational side of the lake that includes fishing and hiking will reopen Saturday, June 13.

The policies and procedures listed below assure compliance with current health orders from the county of San Diego and will remain in place until further notice.

Camping 

  • Tent camping will now be permitted on site.
  • RV camping continues to be permitted.

Campers

  • Only people from the same household may occupy the same campsite.
  • Six people maximum per campsite.
  • Only registered campers permitted in the campground – no visitor or day use access will be allowed.
  • All campers must wear a mask and practice social distancing where required, in compliance with the current San Diego County health orders.

Campground Amenities.

  • All restrooms on site will be cleaned and sanitized with an EPA approved COVID-19 disinfectant on a regular basis. Some restrooms will be closed during the week when there are fewer campers, but there will be restrooms available 24 hours a day. All campers with self-contained camping units are encouraged to use their own restrooms at all times.
  • The campground’s playground, pavilion, play area and drinking fountains will all be closed.

Trails

  • The lake loop trail will be open to registered campers only from Sentry Point to Eagle Point.
  • There will be no access to the campground side of the property or past Eagle Point for nonregistered campers at this time.

Fishing (opens June 13)

  • The recreation side of the lake will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning June 13.
  • All fishermen and day use customers must be in compliance with current San Diego County health orders, including mask wearing and social distancing when applicable.
  • Masks will be REQUIRED in line and in the Bait and Tackle Shop.
  • Payment with card will be encouraged.
  • Only one customer or family will be permitted in the Bait and Tackle Shop at a time. Please respect social distancing while in line outside.
  • Fishing and day use permits must be purchased at the Bait and Tackle Shop.
  • Fishing from the campground shoreline between Sentry Point and Eagle Point will be open only to registered campers who have purchased their fishing permits between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Shore fishing will be permitted from the entrance area to Eagle Point.
  • There will be no night fishing or fish stocking at this time.

Boat Rentals

  • Boat rentals to members of the same household reopen June 20.
  • Private boat launching will be available. Launch permits must be purchased at the Bait and Tackle Shop. All boaters must be in compliance with the current San Diego County health order regarding recreational boating.

We are thrilled to be able to reopen in compliance with the county regulations. We really appreciate your understanding during this challenging time while we work hard to keep our community safe.

Call Lake Jennings staff at 619-390-1623

Click here to make a camping reservation

 

 

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Saturday is Kids Day at Lake Jennings

Saturday is Kids Day at Lake Jennings

Kids Day at Lake Jennings is Saturday, February 8, from 6 a.m. to noon. We’re stocking the Kids Pond and all kids under 10 can catch a free fish until the fish run out.

This is the only opportunity to fish the Kids Pond this year, so don’t miss out. And, if you don’t want the fun to end at noon, rent a boat, or better yet reserve a campsite and spend the evening around the fire.

For more information go to facebook.com/lakejennings

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