We recently were delegates to a convention in San Diego. The thought of hacking the high cost (and hard beds) of a hotel or motel made us shudder. But where, we wondered, could anyone actually boondock near San Diego? A bit of research led us to a delightful park just a few miles away from our convention site at QualComm Stadium in the heart of the city. Situated on a bluff overlooking a fresh water reservioir, you may find Lake Jennings Campground just the ticket the next time your RV takes you to the eighth-largest city in the country.
While staying on at Lake Jennings isn't free, it does offer a quiet, wooded (Southern California style) spots to stick the rig. Even non-boondockers can appreciate the park--there are sites that provide full hookups or water an electric. But if your rig is on the smaller side and you can do without those "amenities" some of the best view sites are "primitive." After having spent weeks in the desert heat, the relief of not having to worry about keeping cool was great. Just crack a roof vent and a window, and those ocean flows flow right up the hill from the ocean to the west.
If you're a nature lover, you'll find plenty of wildlife: In a short while we spotted plenty of doves and rabbits. And roadrunners outnumbered those we'd been looking for in the desert country. Want to 'dip a line'? Night fishing (with mandatory lantern) is allowed on specific nights on the lake below the campground. Bass and catfish are the typical angler's target here. Got kids or grands with you? A shaded playground appeals to the pre-teen (and maybe 'tween') set.
Formerly operated by San Diego, the operation has been taken over the local water district. A flock of camp hosts takes extremely good care of the sites--ours was even raked on arrival. A great "straight shot" dump station makes it easy to maneuver even a large rig through without worrying about scraping the rig up when negotiating into the dump port. A scant 20 miles from 'Dego on Interstate 8, check out the Lake Jennings Campground website.